Since the advent of No Child
Left Behind 12 years ago, standardized, fill-in-the-bubble tests
have become a major part of the school experience. Some say too
much of a part.
But beyond the debate over how much schools test, major
changes are under way in how they test. Underlying
those changes are questions about just what they’re testing for.
How can assessments get beyond rote memorization and capture
the skills most valued in college and work? Can they judge
how well students work together and communicate their ideas? Can
tests measure critical thinking and creativity? Will
tests tied to the Common Core State Standards provide a richer
picture of how students stack up?
This journalists-only seminar will be held Nov. 18 -
19 at Stanford University. In addition to exploring the
nuances of covering testing and assessment, participants will
have the opportunity to visit Impact Academy in Hayward, Calif.,
which has implemented a student-centered learning and a portfolio
model of assessing academic progress.
Questions? Call or email Lori Crouch
at 202-452-9830 or firstname.lastname@example.org.