Produced by the Northwest Evaluation Association and Grunwald Associates, this report indicates the assessment needs of parents, teachers, and district administrators–those with the most practical and personal experience with the day-to-day impact of assessments and accountability. This comes at a pivotal time, as policy makers are considering a new blueprint for education improvement and significant education-reform initiatives are currently underway. The study makes recommendations based on the following interesting findings:
- Child-centered teaching and learning is a top priority for parents and educators.
- Parents, teachers and district administrators think it’s important to measure student performance
in a full range of subjects—and in the “thinking” skills that will be critical in life.
- Parents, teachers, and district administrators agree on local decision-making about teaching and learning.
- Formative and interim assessments are perceived as more valuable by parents and educators.
- Many parents, teachers, and administrators question the money, time, and stress spent on assessment.
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