One of the key anxieties about the new tests is that instruction has been reduced to preparing students for the tests. Unfortunately, rote standardized test preparation activities cause students to do less well on the exams, not better. Instead, good instruction means engaging students in reading and helping them understand the power of using words to convey ideas. It means showing students how math can apply in real-world situations. At the same time, assessments are an important part of helping us gauge the effectiveness of our instruction and can inform schools, teachers, and parents about how well students are learning and whether they are on track to be college- and career-ready.
Watch the video for more about using assessments to find out how well students are learning.