Assessment

Giving Up on Performance Assessments

Performance assessments were once a hot topic in education. It was presumed among school districts that all national tests would resemble performance assessments. This presumption spur school systems to train all their staff in how to design and implement performance assessments. I spent the last four years training thousands of Read more…

Assessment

Can Letter Grades be Misleading?

Letter grades are considered the universal standard for reporting student performance. Although this practice is well established in the American public school system, there is some disagreement as to whether letter grades accurately depict academic mastery of grade-level content. Letter grades are not always indicative of a student’s academic achievement. Read more…

Assessment

Assessments in K-12

Standardized-test scores are arguably the dominant measure of student achievement in the United States. School districts utilize standardized assessments because it yields quantifiable information (scores and proficiency levels). With this information, teachers and administrators are able to track students’ progress and pinpoint their strengths and weaknesses in particular content areas or skills. They can also Read more…