The Need for Assessment
- Assessment is the process of making judgments about students' progress and attainment
- Assessment has three roles: diagnostic, formative, summative
- One problem is the use of letters and grades that are light on description and heavy on comparison
- One way to fix this is to enhance the value of assessment by separating the elements of description and comparison
- Assessment should interweave naturally with the daily processes of teaching, learning, and curriculum development
Assessment should support students learning and achievement in three ways:
Roles of Principals
Principles should fill the roles of leadership and management.
- Leadership is about vision
- Management is about implementation; makes sure that there are systems and resources available for the vision
Great principals should know that their job is not primarily to improve test results. It is to build community among students, teachers, parents, and staff.