I had an advertisement show up in my e-mail this morning that read, “… Our test helps confirm teachers’ opinions about a student’s readiness…”
It was comments and products like the one mentioned above that was one of my primary motivations for starting this blog. Assessments are not about confirming a teacher’s opinion. Assessments are about providing information to teachers so they can better meet the needs of their students in order to ensure that everyone is moving forward. Teachers and administrators need to know where their students are in terms of mastering the content. Our opinion of that fact is at best neutral to our students and at worst a detriment to our students.
Think. Work. Achieve.