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NEA Partners With Teach Plus & Creates Online Rating System For Student Assessments

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This looks interesting and may have some potential: The National Education Association and Teach Plus have partnered to create a site where teachers can rate the quality of student assessments being used around the country. It seems like a “Rate Your Teacher” site, but, in this case, it’s for student assessments.

You can read more about it here, and actually enter the site here.

I wrote earlier that I thought it may have potential to be very useful. Right now, it seems like most of the assessments being reviewed are typical standardized tests. I’m assuming that most of those aren’t going to be reviewed very positively by teachers, and I’m not sure how useful it is to spend time rating them that way on a website.

However, if the site creates a feature where teachers can start sharing genuinely useful teacher-created student assessments and the process they use (for example, the writing assessment process we use at our schools, along with fluency and cloze assessments), then the site could be incredibly helpful and provide “ammunition” to those of us fighting for alternatives to high-stakes testing.

I’m adding this post to both The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments and to The Best Articles Describing Alternatives To High-Stakes Testing.

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I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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