As we start down this path, I am reminded of a TED talk from Geoffrey Canada, founder and Principle of the Harlem Children's Zone. Dr. Canada discusses many things, but at one point he talks about standardized tests. It was a light bulb moment for me, so much so that the day after I saw the video for the first time I showed it to my students. I told them that it didn't particularly relate to anything - I just wanted to them to hear it and I wanted to see what they thought of it. Needless to say, I enjoyed the heck out of our discussion that day.
Watch the video here:
And then check out part one of a three-part series on assessment in education.
Part 1: Wandering in the Wilderness Click Here
Part 2: The Phase of Justification April 30th, 2014
Part 3: Data-Based Decisions May 7th, 2014