Assessment by Any Other Name, Please

Edy’s Pie, Ben’s Original Rice The Chicks, Lady A The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs The Washington Football Team The Altria Group, American Outdoor Brands Corp. WW, Dunkin’ One of the legacies of 2020 is a spate of name changes, most for the same underlying reason.  As demonstrated by final rows of theContinue reading “Assessment by Any Other Name, Please”

All Systems Go

What Has Stopped Us from Getting to Go on Balanced Assessment Systems K-12 large-scale assessment generates a great deal of discord, but there are two statements regarding large-scale assessment on which there is near universal agreement: The importance and impact of large-scale assessment on K-12 education is disproportionate to its utility in improving student learning.Continue reading “All Systems Go”

Little Boxes All The Same

It’s time to stop trying to fit performance assessment into the large-scale assessment box When I think of the repeated attempts over the past twenty-five years to integrate performance assessment into large-scale K-12 assessment two images come to mind.  The first image is Pete Seeger singing Little Boxes. Little boxes on the hillsideLittle boxes made of tickyContinue reading “Little Boxes All The Same”

When it seems the magic slipped away

A blog year in review If there was ever a year in which it seems the magic of large-scale, K-12 testing had slipped away, 2020 was that year. Our field  found itself under attack for its racist past and a present in which tests produce outcomes that have a disproportionately negative impact on non-white and economicallyContinue reading “When it seems the magic slipped away”

A Pawn’s Life

The Queen’s Gambit, the compelling Netflix mini-series, has created a mini-resurgence in interest in chess, boosting sales of chess sets and chess books.  For nerds of a certain age, however, it wasn’t a fictional account of a troubled young American chess champion taking on the Soviets that grabbed our attention and made chess a required chapter in ourContinue reading “A Pawn’s Life”

Measure Twice, Model Once

As states and their assessment contractors prepare for the possible resumption of state assessment programs in spring 2021, one critical question being considered is how, or even whether, to link results from the spring 2021 tests to the last-administered spring 2019 tests; or to put it more generally, what equating procedures should be used toContinue reading “Measure Twice, Model Once”

The Stakes are High, The Water’s Rough

In the wake of the events of 2020, the assessment and measurement community has made a commitment to do the right thing to ensure that tests are used appropriately.  The community has vowed to be more proactive in speaking out against policies and test uses that result in inequitable outcomes or consequences, while actively promotingContinue reading “The Stakes are High, The Water’s Rough”