The role of assessment in education has dramatically changed in the past few years. Just as schools are evolving into learning communities where all students must meet increasingly more rigorous standards, so too has assessment begun to move from serving as a means of delineating “achievers” from “non-achievers” to a complex practice that needs to be ongoing, balanced, and utilized to drive student learning. Furthermore, assessments need not only to support learning, but also must drive classroom teaching practice, curricular and program decisions, and teacher evaluations. Truly useful assessment must service all stakeholders: teachers, students, and administration. It must yield data that will drive instruction, support better teaching and learning, and serve as an impetus to improve curricular models.
I am honored to chair the first Conference on English Leadership’s Institute on Critical Issues. We have chosen to tackle the topic of assessment: formative and summative assessment to improve teaching and learning, assessment of teachers, and assessment of school curricular programs. I invite you to join other teachers, teacher-leaders, and administrators from all over the country for three days this summer, as we focus on multiple aspects of assessment.
Daily speakers will enrich our knowledge of assessment and individuals and small groups will have the opportunity to work together to explore areas of interest related to assessment. We will examine, research, collaborate, write and share our three-day findings with one another and with a wider audience via publishing opportunities. Evenings will be spent networking, socializing, and sharing experiences. Educational technology experts will share ways to enhance assessment opportunities in the classroom.
I welcome your participation as we work together to articulate ways to effectively utilize high quality assessments as tools to advance learning, improve teaching, and create innovative educational programs.
Dr. Edie Weinthal
Chair, CEL Institute on Critical Issues: Assessment