RENOVATE, REHAB, or RESTORE ASSESSMENT Complex Choices in Uncertain Times

Over time, new words have been invented, and old words redefined. Dictionaries add thousands of words each year. Consider these from Merriam Webster: HATERADE and ADULTING, and the redefinition of terms such as WOKE, SALTY, and SHADE. Ideas, practices, and resources in educational assessment also continue to be modified. Like a house, assessment can be […]

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MORE A’s, LESS T’s

MORE Assessment AS/FOR LearningLESS Tests/Measures OF Learning In the early 1900s, the few who attended school and succeeded at the 3Rs received a diploma (less than 10%). By 1940, 50% of young adults completed their high school education. Today, 86% of the U.S. population receives a high school diploma, and 35% earn a bachelor’s degree. […]

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ASSESSMENT SIMPLIFIED: 3 Steps for Student Success

FROM EARLY INSPIRERS including Plato (The Republic) and Socrates (Socratic Method) to 19th and 20th-century trailblazers and practical innovators such as John Dewey, Mary Mcleod Bethune, John Holt, Maria Montessori, Jean Piaget, and Abraham Maslow, educators have continuously relied on the prior experiences and accrued knowledge of others. (Learn more at 12 Pioneers in Education) […]

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Assessment with Benefits

ASSESSMENT DEFINITIONS typically include these key ideas:   *Gauges the outcomes of teaching and learning.*Gathers and utilizes information about students’ knowledge and skills.*Depends on reliable data.     A more comprehensive definition of assessment: It relies on gathering, analyzing, and using evidence and information from multiple sources about student outcomes in ways that best support students, inform instruction, […]

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Testimonials

“Although my teachers agreed that the story of “The Blind Men and the Elephant” can be a metaphor for assessment, you facilitated and illuminated their understanding. Take-aways included valuable and relevant strategies that they could immediately put to use in their classrooms. I admire your dedication to our profession and your outstanding presentation skills. You are truly a 21st century educator.”

( Principal, Cheshire Public Schools )

"Dr. Greenstein clearly explains how formative assessment can help teachers do their work smarter and more effectively. I especially like the way she weaves practical next-day strategies into the description of the topic. This is a must for any educator who really believes that every child can learn.”

( Jim L., Connecticut School Superintendent )

“Laura has done a phenomenal job of building a research-based foundation; defining thinking, actions, and skills for living in our complex world; showing how to incorporate common core standards and technology into the mix; and providing suggestions on how to assess it all. As an added bonus, she showed us numerous assessment strategies and lesson plans.”

( Julie P., Assessment Coordinator )