Category Archives : Assessment


Michigan Students to See Shorter Standardized Tests in 2016

On Thursday August 20th, the Michigan Department of Education publicized changes to its state assessments for elementary, middle, and high school students beginning in spring of 2016.  After its first year of implementing the new Michigan State Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) to students, the Office of Assessment and Accountability at the Michigan Department of Education […]


ASCC 08: Making Thinking Visible and Collaborative With Padlet 1

This eighth featured post in A Series of Classroom Connections comes to us from the math classroom of Devin Cox at Grosse Pointe North High School. Padlet is an app that generates a digital space for collaboration. Being a web-based app, it doesn’t require download, and it can be used in a variety of different ways from brainstorming to […]


Why Loud Wrong Answers Are Better Than Quiet Right Ones

Episode 007 – Authentic Assessment Monica Washington Twitter: @texastoy2014 2014 Texas Teacher of the Year On the program this week, Teachers of the Year Radio welcomes Monica Washington, who teaches 11th grade English at Texas High School in Texarkana Independent School District, the 2014 Texas Teacher of the Year. Monica is well known in the lone […]


Educators Provide Insight on Teacher Evaluation to House Education Committee

Teacher evaluation is a topic that has received a lot of attention in 2013. Earlier this year, the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness (MCEE) offered the recommendations and findings of their commissioned project on teacher evaluation in Michigan. According to their website, the MCEE was “created by Governor Rick Snyder and the legislature in 2011 as part of […]


Sophisticated and Complex Accountability Should Be the Focus For Schools

There has been a growing demand in the past decade for accountability in public education. Policy makers, students, families, and taxpayers all want teachers to be “held accountable.” Conventional accountability in teaching is based on student achievement on standardized tests and graduation rates. A current bill (MIHB4625) up for consideration in the Michigan House of […]


Homework in the Standards-Based Grading Classroom 1

In a standards-based system, the grades are dependent on one thing—student-learning outcomes. In short, only evidence of learning on a particular standard is included in a grade. Behaviors, conduct, work ethic, practice and task completion are all separated from the grade, unless they are explicitly tied to the standards in some way and measured according […]


How One Teacher Made the Shift to Standards-Based Grading and Never Looked Back 1

This post was written by Michal Eynon-Lynch as a featured interview with me for Haiku Learning. It is re-posted here with permission. The words and ideas expressed here are those of Michal.   Transitioning to a new style of grading is fraught with challenges; it is not a task that an educator pursues lightly. Before considering such a change, […]

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