Then: Assessment—So Much More Than Tests, Testing, and Accountability

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  • 1 Professor of Education and Graduate and Professional Studies, Emeritus at McDaniel College

This synopsis of selected assessment issues presents historical and current considerations and concerns regarding summative and formative assessment and their influence and impact for teachers of PK-12 mathematics.

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Each month, two invited authors reflect on an important mathematics education topic from perspectives of either “Then” (the past) or “Now” (the present with an eye toward the future).

Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12
  • Black, Paul, and Dylan Wiliam. 1998. “Assessment and Classroom Learning.” Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice 5 (1): 774.

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  • Cai, Jinfa, Anne Morris, Charles Hohensee, Stephen Hwang, Victoria Robison, and James Hiebert. 2017. “A Future Vision of Mathematics Education Research: Blurring the Boundaries of Research and Practice to Address Teachers’ Problems.” Journal for Research in Mathematics Education 48, no. 5 (November): 46673.

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  • Education Week. 2015. “Understanding Formative Assessment: A Special Report.” November 9, 2015. http://www.edweek.org/ew/collections/understanding-formative-assessment-special-report/.

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  • Fennell, Francis (Skip), Beth M. Kobett, and Jonathan A. Wray. 2015. “Classroom-Based Formative Assessments: Guiding Teaching and Learning.” In Annual Perspectives in Mathematics Education: Assessment to Enhance Teaching and Learning, edited by Christine Suurtamm and Amy Roth McDuffie, pp. 5162. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

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  • —. 2017. The Formative 5: Everyday Assessment Techniques for Every Math Classroom. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

  • Kahl, Stuart R., Peter Hofman, and Sara Bryant. 2013. “Assessment Literacy Standards and Performance Measures for Teacher Candidates and Practicing Teachers.” http://www.measuredprogress.org/caep-paper.

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  • Nelson, Howard. 2013. Testing More, Teaching Less—What America’s Obsession with Student Testing Costs in Money and Lost Instructional Time. Washington, DC: American Federation of Teachers.

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