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Reverting Assessment to Its Intended Purpose
Reverting Assessment to Its Intended Purpose
Chapter Goals/Key Ideas
  • Assessment literacy is the foundation of sound and sensible practice.
  • A synthesis of rigorous research reveals the MUSTs of quality assessment.
  • Assessment is a continuously engaging, illuminating, and reciprocal process.
  • Flexibility, inclusion, and responsiveness are essential elements of restorative assessment.
  • Assessment is at its best when it is technically sound, valid, fair, and equitable.
Assessment Matters

For many students, and adults too, the word assessment can activate images of difficult tests and feelings of anxiety. But that is not its intent. In translation, assessment originates from the Latin word assidere, meaning to sit beside. When teachers and students sit beside each other, they review and respond to the progress and outcomes of learning. These responses may identify ...

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