The Rationale For A Educational Assessment

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The rationale for change in educational assessment is anchored in understanding that the global workforce has changed. In order for schools to better prepare students to be successful in this workforce, pedagogy and assessment must be address key 21st Century skills.

Cisco-Intel-Microsoft’s 2004 Call to Action, Transforming Education: Assessing and Teaching 21st Century Skill, states, “…more often than not, accountability efforts have measured what is easiest to measure, rather than what is most important.” More often than not, an educator’s instructional method and assessment, aligns with the way material is tested on state and district benchmarks. Therefore, aligning classroom assessments to the CCSS will help ensure all students receive the relevant and rigorous education they deserve. Nowadays it is easier than ever for a teacher to gather evidence and data on student achievement. With technology, teachers can integrate assessment for learning, encourage participation and collaboration, and enhance communication in every lesson. In addition, student data can be gathered electronically and automatically sorted for the teacher to inform next step instruction in the classroom and enables the teacher to respond to and personalize each student’s learning path so that all students can achieve at high levels. Another type of assessment, Performance, measures a student’s ability to think critically, synthesize information, and communicate effectively. Performance assessments
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