Tag Archives | Assessment

A Culture of Learning: Can I Get a Do-Over?

“What we do as a community, as a society, for each other, matters as much as what we do for ourselves. It sounds a little trite, but there’s a powerful amount of truth in that, I think” (Malcolm Gladwell). As educators, we build communities within our schools and even beyond them. Entrusted with the physical […]

Releasing PARCC Aligned Curriculum & Assessment Planners

   Note to Readers 01.02.16 Dr. Dea’s Curriculum and Assessment Planners first published in 2013 as PDF forms have been updated with PARCC’s fall 2015 changes to the assessment blueprint and grade-level tasks. The update has been published as an interactive Word template complete with drop-down boxes and self-populating cells to customize task design. The […]

Common Core Standards Demand Written Response!

  This week, discussion and evidence far more authoritative than my assurances to teachers about the future of writing in Common Core assessment abounded. Had I read PARCC’s March Progress Update before April, I would have had the same information published in Erik Robelen’s Curriculum Matters blog in the April 12th EdWeek, “Man vs. Computer: […]

The Power of Assessment: Refocusing the Conversation

This blog post was first published as Assessing Distance Learning and completed as part of the expectations for a Distance Learning Class during my doctoral program at Illinois State University with Professor Cheri Toledo:   Many educators have the notion that assessment is something they do after instruction is complete. Assessment, then, they see as […]