May 2021: School Administrator


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Editor's Note

Assessing Better Testing

During the couple of months leading up to this month’s issue, student assessment commanded prominent attention in the education news generated out of Washington. That was owing to the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to require students be tested in 2021.

The mandated assessments, managed by state education agencies, won’t be used for accountability purposes, which perhaps opens the door to new thinking at the district level about how to more effectively measure student performance going forward. The story lineup here ought to spark some creative ideation along those lines.

The contributors include Thomas Guskey, a veteran author on testing and assessment; Matt Townsley, author of Making Grades Better; Justin Wells, a California-based consultant who addresses the use of portfolios and students’ public defenses of their learning; and Susan Dugle, chief academic officer in Shelby County, Ky., which devised its own take on assessment.

The May issue also carries a conversation between book author Marcus Buckingham, management strategist with a following in the school leadership ranks, and Howard Carlson, executive administrator of the Greater Phoenix Educational Management Council and a former superintendent. It’s the sixth installment in our Thought Leadership Series, which began last October.

Jay P. Goldman
Editor, School Administrator

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