The tour kicked off on Monday at A Year of Reading, where author and blogger Franki wrote this about the book in her recent review:
“This is a book that speaks to teachers today. It reminds us to keep our eye on the reader but it does not discount the tremendous stress and mandates we are all dealing with when it comes to assessment. Tammy and Clare have figured out how to help teachers stay grounded with good literacy practice through this time. In this book, they share their story.”
At Our Camp Read-A-Lot teacher and blogger Laura Komos asked Tammy and Clare about how teachers — and students — can deal with so many required tests. “How much is too much?” she wondered. Here is what the authors said:
“This is the rule we try to live by: If it is not informing instruction or lifting the quality of instruction then stop doing it. We realize this rule assumes we have control over the tests we use and we know that is not always the case. Our next rule is that if we give an assessment we use it. It is better than not using it. We do think that we are over-assessing some students and not assessing other students enough. When it comes to assessment we think fair is not equal. Our at-risk readers need more diagnostic assessments that help us pinpoint what they need and monitor their progress.”
Finally Cathy Mere at Reflect and Refine asked Tammy and Clare how teachers can advocate for assessment that matches what they value in educating children.
“When we authentically assess every day we think it is the opposite – what we teach is what we assess which informs what we need to teach next. We recognize that districts are mandating the use of some common assessments, but that does take away from how we assess every day. We have the power to assess as part of our instruction and to notice how our students are learning. When we use these assessments and show how they help us target our instruction we are advocating for assessments that match what we value. If we lose sight of what we do have the power to impact in assessment because we are frustrated with what we do not have the power to control in assessment we end up giving up the best tools we have to inform our instruction – on-going, informal, formative assessment.”
Visit all three blogs for the full interviews. Today is the last day to leave a comment on any of the blogs for a chance to win a free copy of the book!
The last stop on our blog tour for Assessment in Perspective takes us to Cathy Mere’s blog, Reflect and Refine. In her interview authors Tammy Mulligan and Clare Landrigan talk about combining formal assessment and classroom observations, triangulating assessment, and advocating for assessment that matches what teachers value in educating children.
” We have the power to assess as part of our instruction and to notice how our students are learning. When we use these assessments and show how they help us target our instruction we are advocating for assessments that match what we value. If we lose sight of what we do have the power to impact in assessment because we are frustrated with what we do not have the power to control in assessment we end up giving up the best tools we have to inform our instruction – on-going, informal, formative assessment.”
This is your last chance to leave a comment on any of the blogtourstops for a chance to win a free copy of the book! A winner will be chosen on each blog.
“I’ll admit it. I typically cringe when I think about or hear about testing, assessment, and data. I may have even uttered the phrase “data schmata” once or twice (thanks to a brilliant Twitter friend for coining the phrase!) But I can honestly say that I enjoyed reading Assessment in Perspective and know it has already started impacting my thinking.”
We are excited to kick off our blog tour for Assessment in Perspective with this welcome from The Sisters, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser. In their foreword for the book, they write: “We believe this book is a must-have for all educators. It is the perfect guide to maximize the benefit of assessments. It will help us to truly know, understand, and teach all of our children.
You can preview the book online, order your own copy, and join the conversation with the authors next week on the following blogs:
Check back on the Stenhouse blog on Friday, May 24 for a wrap-up of the discussion. The more you comment, the more chances you have to win a free copy of the book! We will select one winner from each blog!
So let’s kick off this blog tour and see you on Monday!