[PHI DELTA KAPPA] - From Formative Assessment to Assessment FOR Learning:
As the mission of schools changes from ranking students to ensuring that all learn to specified standards, Mr. Stiggins argues that the purpose and form of assessments must change as well.
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One article, by Rick Stiggins, is available free online and calls for building assessments systems more appropriate for helping all students.
Traditionally, schools have used assessment -- the pending final exam, the unannounced pop quiz, and the threat of low or failing report card grades -- to motivate students; Pressure to get high test scores and good grades, it was believed, would motivate greater effort and thus more
learning;The recent change in the mission of schools has clouded this traditional view of the relationship between assessment and motivation;