April 12, 2021
On February 22, the U.S. Department of Education announced that states must resume annual summative assessments this year even though many schools continue remote learning and some states have requested testing waivers. Amidst all of this, educators are trying to support student growth and proficiency despite not having 2019-2020 test data.
In an October 2020 article, Dr. Tim Hudson, DreamBox’s chief learning officer and a former K-12 district math coordinator, discusses the value of using formative assessments to guide instruction rather than relying so heavily on summative assessments. While summative assessments provide educators with some data about students, they also create challenges for teachers and students.
Unlike one-shot summative assessments, educational technologies like DreamBox Math can provide teachers with valuable insights about student achievement without disrupting the school schedule, putting pressure on teachers, or adding stress for students. “With intelligent adaptive learning technology, embedded assessments are already able to develop detailed formative and summative reports on student learning progress,” Dr. Hudson writes. DreamBox’s data provide richer insights than standardized test because DreamBox is assessing not only each student’s answers, but also how a student solved the problem. Teachers can use the data to inform their approaches to differentiation and intervention.
In the ever-changing educational landscape, technology that aids in effective, ongoing assessment is crucial. DreamBox is committed to supporting educators and students in this journey, promoting a learning environment that values continual growth over momentary performance.
Looking for more information? Check out Dr. Tim Hudson’s article Less testing, more learning: Reimagining assessment.