Assessment in Perspective Blog Tour: Wrap Up

May 24th, 2013

We hope you had a chance to follow our blog tour for Assessment in Perspective: Focusing on the Reader Behind the Numbers by Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan.

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!

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  • 1. Terri  |  May 24th, 2013 at 7:45 am

    This has been a great opportunity to read the questions and answers on each of the blogs to see what other teachers are thinking and feeling about assessment. I can already tell that I see assessment much the same as Clare and Tammy. I’m really looking forward to reading the entire book!

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