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Real Rubrics

I’ve been reading over the holiday break about Nebraska’s standardized testing in an article titled, “The Road Less Traveled’ in Educational Leadership Dec 07/Jan 08. Nebraska developed a system of local assessment rubrics called STARS: School-based, Teacher-led Assessment and Reporting System. So instead of a high stakes multiple choice, one answer test like we have in Colorado (CSAP), students are given student involved visual rubrics that assess the learning that has just taken place in the classroom.I’m impressed that an entire state is using teacher expertise to determine assessment rubrics that are linked to learning in the classroom. This seems to be a fairer way to assess to me, as long as the assessments and curriculum are standards driven with specific and leveled benchmarks for learning. Teachers can really use these rubric tests to assess for learning and make changes as needed so all children really can learn. This type of assessment for learning reminds me of the method “Looking at Student Work.” Teachers can assess and change instructional practices as needed by analyzing the student work and seeing what the children learned or did not learn. By analyzing student work and in turn what we do as school librarians and teachers, can really help all children reach their highest standards for learning.

Gwen Giddens
Colorado Springs School District 11
Director, Learning Resource Services


One Response

  1. Gwen – Thanks for sharing this! Since Colorado is currently going through standards review (which we found out at the CASL board meeting will be extended for a completion date of 2010) and an accreditation process revision – it would be wonderful if they could look at this great example to see how to create a system of accountability that best serves our students.

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