The future of assessment
Learning isn’t a destination. It’s a road of discovery, challenge, curiosity, mistakes, and mastery. We’re working to fuel a lifelong love of learning by enabling students to flourish, teachers to inspire, and parents, schools, and organizations to have confidence that students are making meaningful progress toward their learning objectives. One way to measure that progress is to create better assessments and provide better feedback.
But is too much class time being consumed by assessments? According to a report from the Council of Great City Schools, students in the 66 urban school districts sat for tests more than 6,570 times in the 2014-15 school year. With the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Testing Action Plan, Congress and the U.S. Department of Education are encouraging states to reexamine their testing practices and allowing for more flexible, innovative approaches to accountability.
How do we eliminate this barrier between learning and assessment?
The ideas, prototypes, and innovations explored here may drive conversations and offer solutions that support all learners.