Why—and how—to earn teacher trust
before adopting new assessments

As a building or district leader, you’ve probably been there. Standing in front of a room full of teachers, trying to get them excited—or even interested—in the latest assessment system. While you might see the potential for instructional support, all they see is another administrative addition to their to-do list. They’re tired. They’re frustrated. They feel overwhelmed. The reasons they’re unhappy are growing by the day. The test is at the top, and you are not far behind.

How can this scenario be avoided? Before you can build a culture of data, you need to build a culture of trust. Bringing teachers into the process early and providing ongoing support through the first year and beyond can be the difference between teachers feeling coerced or feeling committed. Here’s how every stage in the process can invite teamwork and trust.

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