Assessment FOR Learning

September 21, 2010

I am working through NCFalcon and came across this line

Assessment for learning (as opposed to of learning) has a profoundly positive impact on achievement, especially for struggling learners, as has been verified through rigorous scientific research conducted around the world.

from Five Assessment Myths and Their Consequences
By Dr. Richard Stiggins

I love the idea of Assessment FOR Learning. I was always a good test taker, but it seemed like a game. I don’t deal with negative review well, I don’t think I would have stuck with school if I had not been rewarded with test scores.

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does this image help you understand why we have so much high stakes testing?

Makes me wonder if the folks up top are concerned with helping the ones below, or do they really think high stakes testing is helping?