I decided to start this blog because I’d like to chat about assessment (and, I’m sure, other stuff). Lately, it feels like assessment gets used as a weapon against teachers and students.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Classroom assessments, designed and controlled by teachers, don’t have to get in the way of learning (or, worse, intimidating people out of learning, or turning school into a “point game.”) Assessments can be empowering, inspiring, exciting, and useful. Right now large-scale assessments (like state accountability tests) get more attention than they deserve. I hope we can put them in their rightful place, and reclaim assessment as tools teachers and students use together for learning.