David Coleman gave his first public address as the new College Board President on October 26th (video link here). In the speech he outlines the “work worth doing” and the importance of focusing on “what matters most.” If you are interested in his vision for Advanced Placement and the role of the SAT, his speech may be of particular consequence.
At minute 25:50, Coleman describes the value of focusing on things done well and the work that matters most. He gives an autobiographical sketch at 35:50 and connects his educational history to his conclusion that if standards are too broad, assessment becomes superficial. “Work worth doing” is explored at minute 54:23 and Coleman argues that we should a) focus on what matters most b) make sure work is not narrow and includes all content areas and subject and c) is not for some but for all students.