For Every Child, Multiple Measures
Produced by NWEA and Grunwald Associates LLC, For Every Child, Multiple Measures: What Parents and Educators Want From K-12 Assessments gauges the assessment needs of parents, teachers and district administrators – those with the most practical and personal experience with the day-to-day impact of assessments and accountability. The study comes at a pivotal time, as policymakers are considering a new blueprint for education improvement and significant education reform initiatives are currently underway. Read the press release »
The nationally representative study summarizes which assessments parents and educators find most useful, most relevant and most cost effective.
Key findings from the study include:
- Child-centered teaching and learning is a top priority for parents and educators.
- Parents, teachers and district administrators think it's important to measure student performance in a full range of subjects—and in the "thinking" skills that will be critical in life.
- Parents, teachers and district administrators agree on local decision-making about teaching and learning.
- Formative and interim assessments are perceived as more valuable by parents and educators.
- Many parents, teachers and administrators question the money, time and stress spent on assessment.
Based on the findings, NWEA offers the following recommendations:
Recommendations for Assessment Developers and Policymakers
- Broaden the dialogue beyond summative assessments and high-stakes accountability.
- Focus on more than language arts and mathematics assessments.
- Develop innovative ways to measure learning, thinking and life skills.
- Encourage local decision-making on assessments that support learning.
Recommendations for State and District Leaders
- Share decision-making authority and responsibility for teaching and learning with teachers, principals and school leaders.
- Select assessments that provide timely and useful information.
- Establish professional learning communities and provide time and training for educators to better understand the different assessments and effective use of assessment data.
- Provide parents with comparative data on students at the district and national levels.
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