Assessment That Makes Learning Unforgettable

Two distinct ideas converged on my desk recently: Cognitive Load and Forgetting Curve. Individually, they are important, but together they are unforgettable. When combined, they explain a lot about learning and what is remembered for a test or assessment. Forgetting is natural. How many times have teachers said, “I know I taught it, but why […]

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Assessment of Standards vs. Learning Intentions: What’s the big idea?

This provocative question came from Dr. Paul Yovanoff and his PhD students at SMU: In light of controversies with the adoption of Common Core Standards, what are the critical issues for teachers to understand about aligning standards, learning intentions, and assessment? Here’s my response: The two primary reasons for the pushback on the CCSS are […]

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What’s a Goat Got To Do With Assessment?

Part 3 in a series about the Big Truths in Assessment Emotionally charged headlines and social media messages may get our attention by being uplifting and encouraging, or alternatively, abhorrent and shocking. But, the stories behind headlines are generally more complex compelling and far-reaching. And, so it was with Beatrice and her goat. A small […]

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ASSESSMENT BASICS: Timeless Fundamentals and Essential Mindsets

Part 2 in a series on Big Ideas and Honest Truths about Assessment It is the enduring ideas in assessment rather than the latest trends that are most worthy of our attention. Relying on taxonomies, such as Bloom’s, Webb’s, and SOLO, is useful in understanding the organization and sequence of learning. Whether you and your […]

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