Shorter doesn’t equal better with assessment
Tests get a bad rap. Pick any education news source and you’re never more than a few pages or clicks away from calls to “End high-stakes testing,” “Stop standardized testing,” or “Save kids from over-testing.” But the issue is not so black and white.
A common complaint with assessments is time: students spend too much time taking tests instead of receiving classroom instruction. According to a study by the Center on Education Policy at George Washington University, teachers estimate students spend 10 school days taking district-mandated assessments and another nine days taking state tests each year. While outliers may skew the mean slightly high, it’s still no wonder why 81% of teachers believe their students spend too much time on tests.View article
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Let’s take a trip to where it all begins, at least academically, with early literacy and numeracy. On this episode, early learning experts Cindy Jiban and Tammy Baumann join us to share classroom strategies to help young learners navigate this important season of life. The discussion touches on the science of reading, why early numeracy sometimes takes a backseat to early literacy, and how teachers early in their career can hit the ground running in these areas.
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“For many, learning mathematics leads to perceiving the subject as a collection of procedures that are disconnected from any big picture. It’s much like filling a box with puzzle pieces, yet never building the puzzle.”
For this episode, we are joined by Dr. Ted Coe and Anita Brown of NWEA to discuss how educators move beyond doing math to thinking about mathematical concepts, with a focus on formative conversation starters.
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Two years on from the start of the pandemic and we’re starting to see a glimmer of hope and pieces of normalcy return to our schools and classrooms. But as we move forward, we cannot ignore the lingering impact of pandemic disruptions.
Equity is not a buzzword. It’s not a synonym for diversity. So, what is it? Fenesha Hubbard and Joyce Smith of NWEA join the pod to show what schools and classrooms would look like if we truly valued equity in the context of instruction.