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 fourteen years. You can also see all of my choices for “Best” posts here.



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 [recently deceased] 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).