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February 2018, Vol. 75, No. 5
Measuring What Matters
3 Key Questions on Measuring Learning
To gauge different types of learning, schools need a broader—and deeper—collection of measures.
Better Assessments Require Better Assessment Literacy
Educators and policymakers need opportunities to expand their knowledge of assessment principles.
Scales of Progress
Lee Ann Jung
Goal attainment scaling offers an alternative to fixed methods of assessment.
Accounting for the Whole Child
Sara Bartolino Krachman, Robert LaRocca, and Christopher Gabrieli
Should schools’ measurement systems cover social-emotional skills?
The End of Points
Using point tallies to measure achievement can hide critical information about student learning.
Putting Assessment Back in the Hands of Teachers
John R. Troutman McCrann
Teacher-created performance assessments can lead to powerful changes in instructional climate.
Developing “Assessment Capable” Learners
Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, and John Hattie
If we want students to take charge of their learning, we can’t keep relegating them to a passive role in the assessment process.
Does Pre-Assessment Work?
Thomas R. Guskey
Educators must understand the different forms of pre-assessments to reap their potential benefits.
Playing Games with Formative Assessment
Through gamification, educators can provide low-stakes, engaging environments to learn where students need help.
The Problem with “Proficient”
How NAEP’s achievement-level benchmarks fail U.S. schools.
Mission Possible: Measuring Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Doug Wren and Amy Cashwell
One district’s journey to measuring complex skills.
Lessons from a Protractor
How a common math tool gave one teacher a gateway to reconceptualizing assessment.
Perspectives/What Really Counts in Assessment
Research Matters/Measuring What’s Inside
Why don’t we measure students’ intrinsic motivation and curiosity?
Show & Tell: A Video Column/A Map for Meaningful Learning
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
Kids need a clear destination, success criteria, and frequent feedback.
The Techy Teacher/Rethinking Grading
Making mastery, not points, the reward for your students.
Principal Connection/Four Tips on Leading Adults
Thomas R. Hoerr
It takes thick skin, clarity, compliments, and grit.
Confronting Inequity/Assessment for Equity
H. Richard Milner IV
Assessment should help us learn about students—not sort them.
One to Grow On/Measuring Doesn’t Come First
Carol Ann Tomlinson
Before we decide how to measure, we must decide what matters most.
Index to Advertisers
Educational Leadership 2018–2019 Issue Themes
ASCD Community in Action
EL Takeaways/7 Ideas for Better Assessments
Three Moves for Assessment-System Success
Three practices can help districts implement a new assessment system successfully.
Excavating the Artifacts of Student Learning
In examining the effectiveness of a lesson, educators and coaches need to go beyond the “eye test.”
Tell Me About . . .
Readers share ideas on evaluating student learning.
Video: Measuring Growth in Learning
Lee Ann Jung discusses measuring progress for students with learning differences and how to assess with “mastery” in mind.
Inservice Guest Bloggers
John R. Troutman McCrann
EL Study Guide: Measures of Success
Explore essential questions from this issue.