Winter Park, Fla. – Aug. 31, 2015 – In K-12 education, assessment data has become such an invaluable part of the educational process that most states now require teacher evaluations to be based, in large part, on student achievement data. States routinely mandate tests in math and English language arts, but what about the myriad subjects that aren’t tested by the states? What assessments will schools use to evaluate those teachers? How will the assessments be implemented? Will they be able to quickly and accurately analyze the data? Will they be able to afford it all?
These are among the questions explored in a new white paper titled, “Redesigning Assessments: A Platform for Cutting Costs and Raising Quality.” Published by Performance Matters, a leading provider of assessment and analytics platforms for K-12 education, the paper discusses the challenges educators face in meeting the demand for local assessments, including rising costs and a need for more assessment content. It also examines recent assessment trends, problems hindering effective testing, and the affordable and highly effective alternative of involving teachers and other instructional staff members in collaborative assessment development.
Finally, the paper cites recent research that makes the case for how advances in technology make it possible to connect the talents of educators — within a district or across multiple districts or states — so they can work as a team to create and share high quality assessment content, and then analyze and act upon the data.
“A Washington Post story reported on an art teacher whose effectiveness was determined by student scores in math and English language arts — subjects he doesn’t even teach. It was a perfect illustration of what’s happening in education today: School districts are scrambling to figure out how to effectively handle the rapidly growing assessment demands being thrust upon them,” said Woody Dillaha, CEO of Performance Matters. “This report brings together research into the current state of assessments and potential solutions for districts to consider to help them redesign their assessment programs as a catalyst for student and teacher success.”
The white paper can be found at: http://bit.ly/1JrNwp6
About Performance Matters
Performance Matters helps school systems improve student learning by providing comprehensive, integrated solutions for assessment, data management and teacher effectiveness. Go to: www.performancematters.com