North Carolina State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson shared a new Testing and Accountability Proposal Model with superintendents and asked that it be shared it with principals and teachers. There are 7 guiding principles for this proposal:
1. Given current technology, it is increasingly easier to include assessments as an integral part of the instructional process rather than waiting to the end of the year to do statewide testing.
2. Interim-type assessments have the potential to influence instructional and learning practices as compared to summative assessments.
3. State law requires the State Board of Education to “implement national assessments the Board deems to be aligned with standards to assess student achievement.”
4. During the past 15 years, more and more school districts have added scheduled, interim assessments, thus increasing the number of tests students take.
5. By definition, summative tests are snapshots, with a minimum number of questions to support reliability and validity. Using them as diagnostic assessments is inappropriate.
6. Any assessment should be aligned to standards; otherwise, they are unfair to students, teachers, and schools.
7. Any assessment system should allow feedback that improves instruction.
Click here to read the entire proposal for less summative assessments.