Progress Toward Improved Assessments Remains Slow

Progress Toward Improved Assessments Remains Slow

November 22, 2019

Even as policies shift “to accommodate experimentation on the path to better assessment,” progress remains slow despite traditional, standardized approaches not producing the desired results, according to Education Dive. As more educators recognize the “need for more creative and critical thinking,” they are increasingly turning to “more active models like project-based learning or portfolios” rather than standardized assessments, “which are largely dependent on rote memorization. Yet, despite the Every Student Succeeds Act “creating leeway at the federal level,” allowing policies to shift in order to “accommodate experimentation among assessments,” this year’s National Assessment of Educational Progress results suggest these changes are coming slowly.