Current Issues

Essential Questions


In my previous post, I suggested an approach to designing assessment that begins by focusing on the learning goals. Learning goals, or content standards, tend to be expressed in “teacher speak”.  That is, they describe the intended outcomes in a way that makes sense to someone who already has a reasonable mastery of...

Current Issues

Designing Assessment


If we hold to the assumptions about assessment that I outlined in my previous post, then it is clear that assessment needs to be carefully designed in light of the whole learning process.  I find the “backwards design” approach championed by Wiggins and McTighe (2005) to be very helpful.  My own adaptation of the...

Current Issues

Assessment: What are your Assumptions?


Over the next few weeks, I am planning to create a series of posts on the topic of assessment. Assessment is a complex and controversial topic, so I thought it would be most helpful to begin by addressing our assumptions about it. We all hold assumptions about assessment even if we are not aware of them. Here are...