“The world doesn’t care what you know. What the world cares about is what you do with what you know.” – Tony Wagner
For students there is a huge difference between testing and assessment. As educators we must continually fight the urge to be testers of young people. We must dedicate ourselves to assessing the progress of the students we serve.
Testing is a measurement of pure knowledge. Assessments evaluate application of the knowledge. Assessments require more than a universally applied instrument; it requires the skill and talent of the educators working with the student. Assessments lead to growth…assessments promote learning. Tests are final; they are stagnant.
Leave the academic world of education . . . it isn’t about a test score. In a flat, evolving world with a global workforce it can’t be about simply knowing . . . it has to be about results. This isn’t simple – this is complex. Our young people not only need to know the information . . . they must know how to use it.