This blog has recently gained many new readers. Because of that, I thought it might be worth sharing a  “A Look Back” where I periodically share my favorite from the past twelve years. You can also see all of my choices for “Best” posts here.

This post appeared earlier this year. 


What classroom teacher doesn’t hate those so-called benchmark assessments that districts often force us to give to students?

Today, education research Robert Slavin published an excellent post reviewing research on those assessments and providing a thoughtful analysis of why he thinks they are as useless as the studies suggest….

Check out Benchmark Assessments: Weighing the Pig More Often?

I’m adding it to A Collection Of “The Best” Lists On Assessment (this is an older collection that includes lots of good assessment resources that don’t quite fit into the categories of other “Best” lists).