Determining how, what and how well a student is learning is an essential part of teaching. While assessment too often is reduced to standardized testing, teachers and researchers have created a wide range of powerful assessment tools and practices that are being used in schools across the nation. FairTest has produced numerous publications about authentic performance assessment, including:
- Assessment Matters: Constructing Model State Systems to Replace Testing Overkill
- Fact Sheet: Overhauling Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning: New Opportunities under the Every Student Succeeds Act
- See these fact sheets, documents and articles by FairTest and others.
Accountability means informing parents and the public about how well a school is educating its students and about the quality of the social and learning environment. Too often, accountability has been reduced to standardized tests that measure a limited range of academic skills, thereby narrowing curriculum and teaching. This approach has been used to attack rather than help educators, parents and students.
FairTest supports authentic accountability systems that provide a rich array of information on academic and social aspects of education to parents and the public, and use that information to improve schools.
Examples in addition to those discussed in Assessment Matters include:
- the Statewide Authentic Accountability System developed by the Massachusetts Coalition for Authentic Reform in Education(CARE)
- Webinar on performance assessment featuring FairTest’ Monty Neill and Ann Cook of the NY Performance Standards Consortium.
- September 2012 webinar on authentic performance assessment, featuring presenters from FairTest, Learning Record and NY Performance Standards Consortium.
- Authentic Accountability
- Learning Record For materials and links for this excellent assessment process, which could be used for public reporting, click here.