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Revitalizing this group

Revitalizing this group

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Hi all, I'm looking for ways to revitalize this group. I'd like to see more discussion happening around assessment as I feel this is a key part of our jobs as teachers. This is an invitation for suggestions on what we can do as a community to encourage more participation in this important space. Please let me know what you think in a comment below. Thanks!

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Cyndi Cohen's picture

I agree that assessment if a key part of our jobs as teachers, especially in light of the new ESEA guidelines for the Teacher Insentive Fund. I recently applied for a job as the liason between the school district and the state Department of Education. Whether we like assessment or not, it is going to be critical to how we are evaluated and paid as teachers. We all need to look for ways that will assess beyond the standardized tests.

InTechEd's picture

I agree that assessment has become a driving force in education.

Just today I had the opportunity to debate testing with our district's Director of Assessment. Needless to say, we had different perspectives. His position (and the district's) is that we will only use multiple-choice tests to evaluate student mastery of standards. Furthermore, these data from these assessments will be used to plan for instruction. When I pointed out that the multiple-choice format is not the most conclusive for diagnostic or instructional planning purposes, I was ignored.

After more than 15 years in the classroom, why am I not allowed to use my personal observations and professional judgement to evaluate a child's progress in my classroom every day to help me plan for instruction?

There must be a better way. Not to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but how much do the testing publishing companies lobby?

David Wees's picture
David Wees
Formative Assessment Specialist for New Visions for Public Schools

They lobby a lot. Seriously, it's crazy how much control testing companies have.

Personally, I think more good teachers should go into politics. It would help even out the balance with the bad teachers who go into it.

So what can we do to bring more educators to debate on assessment? Should we have contests? Any suggestions?

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