Building a Better Assessment Future 2022August 3 - 4, 2022
Why Build a Better Assessment Future? More than at any other time in recent history, educators and policymakers recognize the need to provide an education…
In support of our mission to improve student learning and achievement for all students, we address the current circumstances facing our schools in responding to the growing public rejection of racial inequity in American society and call for societal changes that ensure equity of opportunity and safety for Black students and other people of color.
The theme for the 2021-22 Assessment Learning Network is leveraging assessment to achieve equitable access and outcomes for all students through an emphasis on assessment practices most relevant to students’ efforts to increase their own learning.
Today, education requires students to think for themselves—critically, creatively, and metacognitively. Teaching that focuses solely on presenting information for students to passively acquire, a transmission model, is no longer fit for purpose. Instead, ambitious teaching that involves students as active participants in rich and authentic tasks, in disciplinary discourse practices, and in becoming agents in their own learning is essential to achieving contemporary educational goals.
Assessment, too, must play a part supporting ambitious teaching, in particular the process of formative assessment, which is concerned with the here and now of teaching and learning. Formative assessment is characterized by a shared understanding of learning goals, eliciting students’ thinking as they are engaged in learning, and taking action to keep learning moving forward.
In this session, we will explore the reciprocal relationship of ambitious teaching and the formative assessment process, and how each one supports the other to achieve valued educational goals for all students.
ALN Presentation: How does the formative assessment process support ambitious teaching, and vice versa?