The testing debate has been stirring for quite a while and we respect both sides of the debate.  Lately it seems that the “anti-testing” side has been shouting louder and we worry that the frustration over state-mandated assessments will give all assessments a proverbial black-eye.

At eDoctrina, we advocate a balanced assessment program where sufficient assessments are performed to provide both evidence of student learning AND to provide critical information to assist educators in ensuring ALL students learn.

Ongoing FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT can be one of the most powerful tools a school has available to improve student learning.  For more information on the power of Formative Assessment, please read these articles:

Maximizing the Power of Formative Assessments (Stiggins and DuFour)

How Classroom Assessments Improve Student Learning (Guskey)

Assessment FOR Learning, the Achievement Gap, and Truly Effective Schools (Stiggins)