This week, the Vermont State Board of Education adopted a resolution on assessment and accountability.  I won’t try to summarize; what makes it so strong, in my view, is the careful and detailed development of the principles behind the resolution.  Please read the whole thing.

It’s probably just a coincidence (though Vermonters like to think our tiny state has an outsized influence on the nation), but today U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced that states could delay the use of test results in teachers’ performance reviews.  Not nearly what the Vermont board is suggesting, but perhaps it’s a start.


About Priscilla Bremser

Professor of Mathematics Middlebury College
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2 Responses to Resolved…

  1. Rob Root says:

    WOW! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a government document on testing that I agree with more.

  2. digitdazzle says:

    Nice work Vermont. My favorite quote “At best, a standardized test is an incomplete picture of learning: without additional measures, a single test is inadequate to capture a years’ worth of learning and growth. ” Just need to add “At worst it’s a huge waste of time for everybody”.
    -Chas Karch

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