In today’s schools, assessment has become the scale of measurement that distinguishes students, teachers, schools, and districts from one another. The value judgment is not being made here, but the policy is clear: this move towards assessment is only gaining momentum.

Your district must take precautionary measures in, not only the distribution of tests and materials, but also in the assimilation of their results, their validity, and in the communication of this mechanism with your faculty and their students. Not only administration, but the teachers’ unions must be aware of the caveats in test interpretation and test use.

Strong, consistent research skills and fluency in the language of assessment is key in making your investigations and operational strategies more efficient. If you are in need of these skills, contact me.

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