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?

Assessment or Testing

November 14, 2008

This recent post by Doug Noon about testing and assessment really struck me. I love this:

If we’d have used an NCLB-style approach to the Apollo moon mission, President Kennedy would have simply ordered NASA to fly conventional airplanes higher and higher until they fell out of the sky, and then blamed the pilots for lacking the will and the know-how to get the job done.

Indeed, though at least in that scenario the goal is still the moon. The current NCLB goals won’t get us to the moon. We don’t need a nation of students that know a collection of skills and facts. We need a nation of thinkers that can use skills and facts to solve problems.

Number 3 !!!!!!

November 4, 2008

Number 3

Number 3

From my favorite comic, xkcd at

Excellent session by Will Richardson

why do classrooms function today much the same way they did 75 years ago?