Assessment: Measure what matters

November 19, 2010

Goal: Our education system at all levels will leverage the power of technology to measure what matters and use assessment data for continuous improvement.
Most of the assessment done in schools today is after the fact and designed to indicate only whether students have learned. Little is done to assess students’ thinking during learning so we can help them learn better. Nor do we collect and aggregate student-learning data in ways that make the information valuable to and accessible by educators, schools, districts, states, and the nation to support continuous improvement and innovation. We are not using the full flexibility and power of technology to design, develop, and validate new assessment materials and processes for both formative and summative uses.