On writing instruction, I continue to find David Coleman the most productive thinker. To the extent that the Common Core reflects fewer, clearer, and higher expectations for English Language Arts, we have David to thank for that. A specific contribution that will be evidenced in both consortia testing schemes is the deep connection to text. There will be fewer random writing prompts and more requests for analysis, reflection, and comparison of texts in the new states tests being developed.
In the most interesting comment of the day, Coleman said, “I like to think of assessment as a series of personal bests.”
With the shift to personal digital learning, it’s conceivable that we could replace paper and pencil multiple choice tests with a digital portfolio of personal bests. A standards-based gradebook could automatically collect evidence of mastery from a playlist of learning activities (some online, some offline). A dashboard could inform students, teachers, and parents of progress on a badge sequence or skill ladder.
Pictures of personal digital learning: engaging experiences, quality work products as evidence, visible progress on an academic pathway.
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