Rethinking Student Success


This week, we rethink the role of assessment in helping or hindering students experiencing true success.

  1. How should we measure success in schools? I explore this question in this post.

  2. That post was partly in response to an article by Margaret Wheatley and Myron Kellner-Rogers, What do we measure and why?

  3. The New York Performance Standards Consortium suggests that ‘Learning is complex…assessment should be, too.” Check out their website on performance assessment.

  4. In this article for Principal Magazine, Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey suggest six factors for developing assessment-capable students.

  5. Also, check out this article from Educational Leadership on how teachers can develop performance assessments that increase student engagement.

  6. In this post, I compared U.S. sports with what is happening in education and how competition might be eroding students’ desire to learn.

  7. On Thursday I facilitated a webinar about using authentic assessment in the digital age on behalf of FreshGrade. You can watch the recorded webinar here.

  8. One way to mitigate the effects of competition in education is to ensure equity in our classrooms. In this post, I shared technologies that can break down barriers for English Learners and their families.

  9. We can rethink our assessment practices by developing an understanding of each of our student’s cultures, interests, needs, and backgrounds. A TED Talk, The Danger of a Single Story, is necessary viewing for developing this perspective.

  10. When our students have traveled back to their country of origin to visit family, we have had them use Kidblog to post about their experiences. Classmates get a unique view of a new culture and way of life.

This summer’s book has been selected for our online group study: The Listening Leader: Creating the Conditions for Equitable School Transformation by Shane Safir. It will start in early June and run through August. Click here to learn more about this online learning experience. If you are interested in participating in the book study on the blog, please email me at renwickme at gmail dot com.