Timeliness is a huge problem. Couldn’t use the data as needed. No teacher reports that gave insight that was meaningful. Math items were very difficult.
Non-relevant information in a timely manner, not adaptive and doesn’t measure achievement ability at the grade level. Not valid yet. Lost instructional time.
The above quotes came from two Delaware school districts’ assessment inventories. Care to guess which assessment they are talking about? The one everyone wants to be eliminated from Delaware assessments (in most cases) but will likely be the last assessment standing when all is said and done.
Governor Markell asked for an assessment inventory less than a year ago. The Delaware Department of Education started moving on this prior to Markell’s announcement, with the help of Achieve Inc. Achieve Inc. and Delaware go way back. As far back as 2000 when the Assistant Secretary of Education Michael Cohen helped Delaware to “define their standards”. In 2004, Cohen became the CEO of Achieve Inc. From 2007-2009, Achieve Inc. was instrumental in designing the new Common Core standards. How ironic that they are now riding to the rescue in Delaware’s Assessment Inventory. Not only did they set the standards that would be measured by state assessments, now they are determining which assessments are important and which are redundant. Nothing like setting up the whole game in your favor…
Senate Joint Resolution #2 put the assessment inventory into law. The Assessment Inventory Task Force is now meeting to decide the next steps. All districts and charters who participated in the assessment inventory had to have their information submitted to the DOE by December 31st, 2015.
The Delaware DOE is accepting public comment on the assessment inventory:
Persons wishing to present comments on the assessment inventories or recommendations by the district, schools or state may do so in writing or by email by the close of business on or before February 21, 2016 to Tina Shockley, Education Associate, Department of Education, at 401 Federal Street, Suite 2, Dover, Delaware 19901. Email is email@example.com. Please type Assessment Inventory Comments in the subject line of the email.
Below are links to every single part of the Delaware Assessment Inventory. Interestingly enough, only five of the Delaware charter schools participated in this inventory. All 19 school districts in the state took part. Also included is the state assessment inventory and their estimated time chart showing how they plan to reduce testing time but with no details explaining the how. Care to take a guess which district’s assessment inventory was over 500 pages long?
Acting US Secretary of Education John King recently praised Delaware for it’s “important role” in defining how an assessment inventory should be done. As if it was planned from the very beginning…
There is more than meets the eye with this assessment inventory…