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K-5 Visual Art Teacher

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I like to see you talk about using formative assessment that helps give parents feedback on how their student is doing throughout their school year.

With standardized testing, I also agree that students should not be compared to other students because every one learns differently and at different rates.

High School Math Teacher from Minneapolis, MN

How to make it all work?

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It's clear that parents and educators want the same thing from assessments. For students to be successful, I think that parents and educators both need to stop pointing the finger at each other and work together more effectively to raise achievement. While parents and educators both agree that critical thinking skills are important, standardized assessments don't measure those skills very well with multiple choice questions. Wouldn't it be great for state legislators to have a more active role in the school? I wonder what percentage of current state legislators across the country frequently visit classrooms of the schools they represent?

EBD Teacher

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I liked that there was finally an article that looked at the opinions of testing from an administrative, teacher, and parent perspective. I understand why the parents like comparing their students scores. It helps them see where their stuents are. Maybe it is because I am in special education, but I would prefer a simple pass/fail. I do not need the comparrison chart, or perhaps not a comparrison model as in depth as it is. I disagree with the opinion that we need to assess more than just reading and math. I personally feel that we should do away with standardised testing. I feel that if a student passes his or her highschool classes that should be enough.

Comparing Jimmy to Suzie

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You bring up a good point (and numbers I've never thought of collecting) when you point out the desire of parents to compare their child's performance to that of others within the district and beyond. I agree with the teachers in this instance (and not just because I'm a teacher.) The stated purpose of a standardized test is to gauge mastery of the standards. Its purpose is not to say Jimmy scored higher than Suzie or vice versa. We are not out to set kids against each other-why fan that parental "fire"??

Also, I'm also not sure why it matters that summative assessment feedback isn't as prompt as formative. The purpose of formative assessment revolves around prompt feedback. The speed of return is the strength of formative materials!! I'm not sure what the parents intend to do with the summative results. After all, they are just that-summative...

Well Said

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I agree that we need to assess students in more areas than just reading and math. I find your results towards your parents attitudes about comparing students to other students interesting because in a recent parent interview, they agreed that the most valuable thing from standardized testing was measuring their child's growth with others. I do hope that policy makers will look more closely at what assessments are being made, and looking at the experts to develop a better system.

Education Specialist

Parents/Guardians do agree

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Ask a parent/guardian if they agree on the issue of testing & I am willing to bet that they will in fact agree....that testing is a futile con that lines the pockets of test writing billion dollar corporations. If you want to know what a kid is learning or not learning try asking them, yes this will require time for a conversation with an individual equal to you in the eyes of their creator, whomever that creator may be....

Title I Math teacher, IA

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I thought that this was a great article. I often feel that parents are left out of the loop on assessments-and as a result, they put too much value on state/national tests, and not enough on the formative/interim assessments teachers give. It's refreshing and helpful to know that in general, parents want more of that.

I'm not too surprised that a significant amount of parents like to compare their children to their peers, because I frequently see that with the parents of students of work with. We just do our best to encourage parents not to put too much focus on how they measure compared to others, but rather on progress made. However, I have found that peer comparison can be valuable to help parents understand just how discrepant from his/her peers their child is when discussing supplemental instruction such as Title I.

Math Teacher , high school , Atlanta , Georgia

Formative and interim

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Formative and interim assessments typical measure the students' progress but some how when the same learner is given a summative assessement there seems to be little or no correlation. But there is still no conclusive evidence to support or determine if the results are causal in nature. Perhaps performance-based assessment is the true measure that we as educators should campaign for.

Giving Parents "Actionable Information"

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How refreshing to read an article about testing that shows that parents, teachers, and administrators are on the same team. It seems that so often our policy makers try to sell testing to the general population as a way to hold teachers accountable. Thank you for pointing out that parents, too, share many of the same values on assessment and accountability as educators do. I agree that student performance should be measured in a variety of ways and in all subjects. It's not surprising that parents find more value in formative and interim assessments when they are brought to understand what that means and can view the results as "actionable information". It's interesting to me that a high number of parents believe that comparing students to others in the district is very important. As a teacher I do not find a great deal of value in comparison amongst students but instead rely on growth data. Perhaps this value placed by parents results from the competition required to get into the best schools and eventually the best jobs. Hopefully we will see assessments in the future that will adequately measure growth and ability and recognize students for their potential and abilities in all areas.

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