Rethinking Assessment

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The quote above by Eric Mazur really struck me recently when thinking about assessment. Back in 2015, I interviewed 27 thought leaders on the topic of 'Assessing the Learning That Matters Most' (you can read the findings here) and began to build an open source database of emerging practice. Fast forward four years and I am delighted to see the movement to assess what we value in schools gather momentum - and to see it being led by educators.

In the coming months, I will interview several thought leaders and practitioners to get myself up to speed on what has changed since the 2015 report and how the field is evolving. In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about emerging practice, I strongly encourage you to buy Jonathan Martin's new book, Reinventing Crediting for Competency-Based Education: The Mastery Transcript Consortium Model and Beyond, (available September 18th). I interviewed Jonathan for the 2015 report and his insights and depth of experience were invaluable. As he prepares for book launch, I asked Jonathan a few questions about the book: why he wrote it, what he hoped readers would learn from it, and the work that is in his heart to do. You can read his replies below and follow Jonathan on Twitter.

Be sure to watch Eric Mazur's Dudley Herschbach Teacher/Scientist Lecture on assessment being the "silent killer of learning" - and if you have any suggestions of people I might interview on the topic of assessment, I would love to hear from you!

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