Arts Advocacy Day I was in Washington last week for Arts Advocacy Day where I met the legislative staff for 8 congress-people and 2 senators. The process includes a day of organizing by state, reading and understanding the briefing book … Continued
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) recently passed by the US Congress is the new education law that updates the previous law, No Child Left Behind (NCLB). One of the most important leaders in education policy, Linda Darling-Hammond testified about … Continued
Read this (taken directly from the department website at: http://www.ed.gov/essa?src=policy) to understand the history of NCLB and The Current Legislation Policy of ESSA: “History of ESEA The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was signed into law in 1965 by … Continued
Linda Darling-Hammond writes about the possibilities for better assessment based on the new Common Core Standards:
“Because the CCSS are intended to be “fewer, higher, and deeper” than previous standards, they have created a natural opening for the development and adoption of better assessments of student learning. The assessments developed by two new multi-state consortia could move us toward more informative systems that include formative as well as summative elements, evaluate content that reflects instruction, and include some challenging open-ended tasks” (TESTING TO, AND BEYOND, THE COMMON CORE; New assessments can support a multiple-measure framework to deepen teaching and learning. By Linda Darling-Hammond; Principal, January/February 2014).
The reform of testing is an ongoing business. Year after year the testing companies have refined their product. But there is a real need for changing the purpose to which these assessments are always tasked with, accountability. This accountability is narrowly defined and heavily sanctioned when schools fall behind. After 10 years of NCLB most schools have been deemed as falling behind or otherwise not making the grade. Why would we think this narrow accountability definition for standardized tests is helping anyone? It isn’t. So Darling-Hammond’s hope for better assessments that are improved by teachers and principals is welcome news: