Monday, September 14, 2015

Testing, testing and more testing

Good afternoon all


AASA colleague/friend Scott Sargrad (formerly of USED, now at Center for American Progress) is working on a research project on improving assessment, following up on their overtesting report from last year. As part of this project, they’re trying to highlight examples of districts that are doing particularly interesting and positive work in this area that they could highlight in an upcoming paper. In particular, they are thinking about things like: 

·         Inventorying current assessments and reducing unnecessary tests

·         Improving communication with parents about the tests (timing, purpose, etc.)

·         Increasing value of assessments for students and parents (e.g., recognizing student/school success)

·         Creating systems of formative and interim assessments that are aligned with state standards and with state summative tests


They’d love to learn more about how districts are addressing issues around testing and sharing best practices, so any information or examples would be very helpful. If you/your district is doing work on testing and you’d like to share your story, please let me know and I can put you in touch with Scott, or you can reach out to Scott yourself.


Scott Sargrad

Director for Standards and Accountability


Thank you.

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