Thanks to Jennifer, our Project Director, for sharing this link with me, which of course, allows me to share it with you.
In this culture where it seems some schools spend as much time testing as teaching, comes this breath of fresh air from a colleague in England. All assessments, yes even those Holy Grail Assessments - PARCC and Smarter Balance (always reminds me of the fake butter) are only snapshots of a child, a small slice of what makes up that individual student. My brother-in-law, a photographer, used to tell me you have to shoot a whole roll of film to get just one good picture that truly captures the subject. Snapshots may be out of focus, shot at the wrong angle, or at the wrong time. Snapshots may or may not reflect the image on the other side of the lens. The same holds true when assessing children.
Check out this letter from the principal of a school in England. I got chills. I know it will have the same effect on you or else you wouldn't be reading my blog. Pass this along to other like-minded educators...
After receiving their standardized test results, students at the Barrowford Primary School in Lancashire, England received a letter from their principal Rachel Tomlinson. The letter, posted below, reminds students of all the things a standardized test doesn’t measure. The letter was inspired by fellow educator Kimberley Hurd, who penned a blog post last October…: