Saturday Solutions: A Balanced Assessment Framework
Here at Failing Schools, we know that one major barrier to sensible, humane school reform is the fact that most people don’t see the ugly effects of the current school reform regime in their own lives. Another barrier, however, is the infrequency with which educators offer our common sense alternatives. Saturday Solutions will be a time for just that– common sense alternatives to the reductive, destructive (and often over-priced!) non-solutions offered by inexpert “reformers.”
Our first comes from our friend Dr. Jesse Turner, who shared his ideas about a balanced assessment framework during the Philadelphia leg of his walk to Washington, D.C. Unlike the test-dominant framework we currently use, a balanced approach acknowledges each child’s individuality, and allows them to show us what they can do when they’re motivated (which makes a HUGE difference!), and when their interests and needs are respected. Enjoy!