May 6, 2014
James Harvey, a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program at Seattle University College of Education (COE), was principally involved in fostering a national conversation on assessment and accountability between scholars and school officials. From mid-March through mid-April, Education Week featured a blog on "Assessing the Assessments," a partnership between the Assessment and Evaluation Research Initiative at Teachers College, Columbia University and the National Superintendents Roundtable. Harvey, executive director of the National Superintendents Roundtable, and Madhabi Chatterji from Teachers College at Columbia University, served as moderators of the blog.
The blog explored validity issues in assessment, the "black box" of the Common Core, challenges involved in measuring achievement status versus achievement growth, assessment of education versus assessment for education, along with a variety of topics involving international assessment. College of Education Dean Deanna Sands participated in the blog as one of a series of expert scholars from universities around the country providing thoughtful observations on such issues as measurement, accountability and assessment. The posts were accompanied by commentary and responses from expert front-line K-12 leaders, including Tacoma Superintendent of Schools, Carla Santorno, a '08 graduate of COE's Educational Administration program.
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