Tag Archives: High stakes tests

#proudMIeducator: Why a Hashtag Isn’t Enough to Save the Teaching Profession

#proudMIeducator: Why a Hashtag Isn’t Enough to Save the Teaching Profession

By Amy Auletto The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) recently launched a media campaign designed to recognize the work of educators across the state. Referred to as Proud Michigan Educator, this campaign was developed to combat the negative rhetoric surrounding the teaching profession which often blames teachers for the failings of public education and contributes… Read More »

Opt-Out, Race To The Top, and Title I—They are Connected

Opt-Out, Race To The Top, and Title I—They are Connected

By Stefanie Marshall What do an eighth grader being suspended and hundreds of students walking out of class have in common? The answer is standardized testing in K-12 public schools. As the school year progresses, most states have either administered a Common Core aligned standardized test, or are gearing up for it. Recently, there have… Read More »

Potential Issues With Teacher Preparation Accountability

Potential Issues With Teacher Preparation Accountability

By Jason Burns Last week’s Green & Write post in Assessment and Accountability outlined the main components of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s proposed plan to hold teacher preparation programs (TPPs) accountable for the quality of their graduates. According to the rules released on November 25, TPPs will be evaluated based on how successful their… Read More »

What is “Formative Assessment” and Why Should We Care?

What is “Formative Assessment” and Why Should We Care?

By Alan Schoenfeld Final Exams and Autopsies Final exams and other high stakes tests share an important property with autopsies – they may tell you what went wrong, but too late to do anything about it. In fact, most high stakes tests don’t even tell you how you’ve done; they just assign a grade. That’s… Read More »