If you have any reservations about high-stakes assessment and what is coming in 2014-2015, it is worth your time to review this audio recording from a recent Brookings Institute Event: Standardized Assessment and the Common Core. At minute 20:55, College Board President David Coleman notes that teachers have lost faith in current assessment systems. He argues for a humane system (24:38) in which the very real concerns of teachers are honored and addressed—that the new assessments recognize two values:
- An ethical obligation to make sure that the work that is assessed is work worth doing and
- An assessment that mirrors good instruction.