By Scott Sterling Testing is one of the most contentious issues in education today, often creating a wedge between factions of the educational structure, crossing political and social lines. As educators, we know that assessment helps us do our jobs efficiently. What many of us could do without is testing.
Dr. Susan Brookhart’s book, Performance Assessment: Showing What Students Know and Can Do, is available at the Learning Sciences bookstore. Dr. Brookhart, a former elementary school teacher, also taught at Duquesne University from 1989 to 2003. She was a keynote speaker at the 2015 Building Expertise Conference, discussing the characteristics of
By Scott Sterling Now that we’ve all recovered from last week’s Building Expertise 2015: Journey to Rigor, it’s time to reflect on what we learned and how much fun we had. There were some major themes of the conference that are worth discussing. It was huge! The conference sold out
By Susan M. Brookhart, author of Performance Assessment: Showing What Students Know and Can Do. Most current learning standards ask students to do more than comprehend content knowledge. Performance assessment is a great way to find out how students can use or apply content knowledge or how they implement skills. It only
By Scott Sterling As carefully as we try to prepare our students for upcoming assessments aligned with Common Core State Standards and other rigorous new standards, their success could hinge on something that has nothing to do with their knowledge or even academics in general. Instead, it could be psychology.
By Scott Sterling In our “brain-friendly” series, building on the work of Dr. David A. Sousa and his book, Brain-Friendly Assessments: What They Are and How to Use Them, we’ve talked about the what, why, and how of assessment: What is assessment, as opposed to testing? Why do we do
By Scott Sterling As we discussed last week, a goal in assessment is to measure how correctly and efficiently the brain has stored new knowledge or skills in its long-term memory. That’s the best definition we have for learning, but many assessments and tests fall short of this ideal, due
By Scott Sterling At Learning Sciences International, we’re starting 2015 with many exciting developments. One of them is the release of a fascinating new book, Brain-Friendly Assessments: What They Are and How to Use Them, written by Dr. David A. Sousa, a bestselling author and consultant in educational neuroscience. This
By Dylan Wiliam Center staff Formative assessment might be the most critical thing you can do in a classroom to affect student success. In fact, studies have shown 25% to 50% increases in student learning when teachers use classroom formative assessment strategies. These are among the largest gains ever reported for educational
by Scott Sterling The “greats” do it without even thinking. Those who are the most organized write it into their lesson plans. The rest of us have good days and bad days with it, and that’s OK. I’m talking about formative assessment, the great equalizer in educational practice—namely because it