Most current assessment systems rely on generating data in order to identify, sort and label students, as well as educators. But this approach is at odds with what has always been the true purpose of effective assessment, which should instead be to build hope, efficacy and achievement for both learners and educators.
We’ve long thought quality professional learning means pulling educators out of class—where they’re needed most. How do we minimize that? With blended professional learning, we maximize fewer face-to-face seminars and implement more robust job-embedded and online coaching.
To provide rigorous assignments for students, assess rigor level, revise tasks to raise that level and adjust to ensure students in all grades are working at a level that is challenging enough to prepare them for college and careers.
Matthew Joseph, who led the first 1-to-1 device rollout in a Massachusetts public school more than a decade ago, is now overseeing another implementation. His advice: Empower staff with a shared vision and a culture of risk-taking and trust.