Recent data from Boston Public Schools revealed policies that perpetuate academic gatekeeping along racial lines as well as an absence of culturally responsive curriculum. See how the district is reforming to promote equity in learning opportunities and learn recommendations for any district confronting similar challenges.
Question 2 was voted down by a wide margin on November 8th, but now is not the time to become complacent. Moving forward, we need to work harder than ever to ensure that our public schools are equity-minded spaces for all children.
November 1, 2016
| Jack Schneider, Joe Feldman, and Dan French | Phi Delta Kappan
Relying on teachers’ assessments for the information currently provided by standardized test scores would save instructional time, better capture the true abilities of diverse students, and reduce the problem of teaching to the test. A California high school is implementing standards-based reporting, ensuring that teacher-issued grades function as reliable and valid descriptors of student academic performance. At the state level, the New Hampshire Department of Education is anchoring accountability in teacher-assessed performance tasks rather than in standardized tests. The article offers guidelines and caveats to those interested in pursuing this work.
Summer Institute is our Quality Performance Assessment program's annual convening - where our highly-trained staff work with educators to develop their assessment literacy and build their capacity to implement performance assessment systems and accompanying performance tasks in their schools and classrooms.