Assessment, standardized testing, grading students – What have students learned? How do we know what students know? These questions consume the blogosphere and the twitterverse. Sometimes all the impassioned dialogue, the debating and demagoguery, the common sense and extended essays can be summed up in pithy and to-the-point remarks.
This insightful post, with a rather lovely pun on “post”, reminded me of that, and another piece of wisdom via a school board member from a rural district. After listening to a rather long and technical discussion on formative and summative assessment, Nestor cleared his throat to be recognized, and rose to his feet. After a nod from the session facilitator, Nestor said: “Seems to me, we should feed that pig before we weigh it.”
Amen, brother, amen.