Most schools do not have systemic assessment of students during the course of a year or over years. Most schools keep track of grades but not of students’ standards progress. Grades do not represent students’ standards based learning. For most schools, the only record of progress on subject area standards such as English Language Arts is the the scores on state assessments given every three to four years in that specific subject area. Very few schools actually look at a student’s growth on all of that student’s state ELA assessments.
If your school district does not have any other way to measure the students’ growth in the standards, then you basically have a school district that is not accountability for students’ standards growth. They just pretend they do!
In your course, how do you assess students’ growth in the standards through technology? How can you prove that your instruction/learning experiences have caused an improvement in the students’ progress toward the standards?
© Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007