IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HIGHLIGHTS LOUISIANA’S PLAN TO REDUCE UNNECESSARY TESTING AND IMPROVE THE OVERALL QUALITY OF ASSESSMENTS

Apr 06, 2016

Department Works with Pilot Districts to Create Model Assessment System; Provide All Districts with Guidance

BATON ROUGE, La. – In case you missed it, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) recently highlighted Louisiana’s steps to reduce the number of unnecessary tests and improving the overall quality of the state’s assessments. For an excerpt from the USDOE’s post, please read below.

Testing Action Plan: State and District Profiles
by U.S. Department of Education

“The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) is taking a number of steps to support districts in reducing unnecessary testing and improve the quality of their assessments. LDOE is working with five pilot districts to create model assessment systems, and is providing all districts with guidance on reducing unnecessary assessments, along with direct and individualized coaching. These efforts have reduced unnecessary testing in many districts; the State plans to conduct a second round of audits with districts in the coming months to identify additional areas for future support.

‘Our collaboration with the LDOE on our district assessment system has been invaluable. Through this project, we have gained insight by conducting focus groups and surveys with administrators, teachers, and students to learn how we can strengthen assessments and provide effective feedback,’ said Stephen Zafirau of St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools. “Many of our efforts leading into the next school year will focus on revising our assessment framework and effectively communicating to school administrators and classroom teachers the purpose and value of formative and summative assessments. We are currently planning to focus district professional development efforts on how our assessments can be used to set goals, plan instruction, and address student instructional needs.’”

To read the story in its entirety, please click here.

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