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Assessing Skills: Difficult But Not Impossible

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Yesterday our Head of School lead an Understanding By Design (UBD) workshop for the middle school faculty.  When discussing the assessment process, she stressed the need to create assessments that: Reveal deep and important understandings Core Performance Assessment Provide information about what students know about the topic Short answer quizzes and tests, guided response, timelines, [...]

Words and Letters: Evaluation

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

This afternoon, after an extremely harried day, I participated in an Educational Policy Committee meeting to discuss Charlotte Danielson’s four domains of teacher evaluation. Having arrived 15 minutes late from another obligation, I was just getting up to speed with the concept of “Evidence of Teaching” as being Unsatisfactory, Basic, Proficient, or Distinguished when my [...]