The Future of Assessment

I think assessment design is a critical element in producing valid data for my students’ learning.


Katie White discusses the future of Katie White

Katie White is Coordinator of Learning for the North East School Division in Saskatchewan, Canada and an Assessment Associate for Solution Tree. Preview her book, Softening the Edges: Assessment Practice that Honor K-12 Teachers and Learners and follow her on Twitter @KatieWhite426.

The older I get, the more radical about assessment I seem to become. In my earlier years in education, I used to imagine new ways to compute grades and weight assignments—I prided myself on refining the mathematics of assessment.

Later, I began to think about assessment in terms of differentiating between formative and summative assessment and separating behavior from academic scores—I spent time refining my understanding of assessment in relation to grading.

“The future of assessment rests in the hands of those who can advocate for its proper and authentic use.”

These days, I am thinking about assessment as a way to serve…

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Do You Know The People You Lead?

This piece exemplifies one face of leadership that is easily overlooked. Let me know if you agree.


One of the more critical responsibilities of leadership is making sure you have the right people in the right positions. Leaders who don?t understand this fail, and they take their people right into the pit of failure with them.

You can have one of the most talented people in the world on your team but if you don?t put them in a position to succeed then their chance at success goes way way down.

Albert Einstein said that ?Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by it?s ability to climb a tree, it will spend it?s whole life believing that it is stupid.? So it is with people too!

You may not see all of your people as geniuses but each of them indeed has their own set of strengths and as a leader it is incumbent upon you to make certain that those strengths are put…

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An Amazing Lesson…

As an In-class resource teacher, I have the distinct privilege of entering the world of many teachers, whether they like it or not.  During the time I spend with my co-teachers, I am privy to the everyday behaviors that evaluators and administrators rarely, if ever, see. On Monday, just yesterday though it feels like many […]

Chain of Command

I’m writing this to all of you as a sort of reflection on a challenge and solution I’ve recently been reminded to use. As you may know, I lead an organization that delivers professional development.   Teachers and administrators  gather to share and learn all sorts of things from classroom management ideas to the latest and […]


I’m really tired of excuses.  More exactly, I am tired of hearing, “It will be so much work.” “Our internet is unreliable.” “The computers are tied up for MAP testing and the iPads don’t always work.”  Wah, wah, wah.

This morning I suggested that our Wax Museum (ELA) Project be constructed in Google.  I’d been playing with the process during my free time and, of course, I found a way for the students to construct their project virtually. Again, we all understand that every environment has it challenges and yes, some are more challenging than others.

But I am reminded of one of Simon Senek’s perspectives: that the doers see the top of the mountain and not the mountain while the rest see the mountain a

I feel like that’s where I am.

I feel like I’m standing at the bottom of the mountain and all I can imagine is the vista from the top; what it must look like and how great it will feel to feel the wind in my face and the sense of accomplishment once I get there.

It’s not to say that I don’t know there will be bumps and delays and hurdles along the way, but the possibilities, the anticipated view is what draws me to the work.

So it is why I am looking for a new challenge.  There are seekers out there who, like me, seek the summit because of all the anticipation that comes with getting there.  The team building and the problem-solving.

Mountains… so much to do and so little time… which mountain do I scale first?