Elizabeth Brown on Friday.
-By Elizabeth Brown who is a CPS kindergarten teacher.
Non-educators also do not understand the difference between formative and summative assessment. Spending so much time on summative testing like PARCC and NWEA pulls students away from the getting genuine anecdotal feedback they need to self assess and set personal goals.
So far my 5 & 6-year old kinder-kids have taken these summative evals this year:
ACCESS for English Language
NWEA MPG Math 2X
BAS Reading 2X
I also give my kids a teacher designed age-appropriate 1:1 test that I give them for reporting to parents and goal setting every five weeks.
Then come the day to day formative assessments that i use daily to inform instruction.
Don’t forget they were in utero five years ago.