We learned at the December 8, 2008 meeting of the Bevo-Long CEC Council that Long Middle School is serving as a pilot site for a new tool for assessing student achievement. Is a standardized test the best way to assess students?
Teachers interact with students on a daily basis, and can observe and assess in an ongoing way students’ completion of homework, participation in class discussions, performance on quizes and tests, and other indicators of students’ academic as well as emotional and social development. Wouldn’t such ongoing assessment be superior to a once a year assessment such as through a standardized test?
Assessment is only one aspect of education. Assessment that is not
accompanied with the resources that can help each student perform to the highest of their ability is of limited value. What do other people think about the way we assess students, and use these assessments?