Better Your Testing: A Competition for Money


“How dreadful…to be caught up in a game and have no idea of the rules.” -Caroline Stevermer

Earlier this month the Education Department released guidelines for a grant competition to improve assessments. You can find the release here. States are encouraged to work hard for their share of $8.86 million dollars. (A veritable gold mine!)  The goals include improving

“the quality, validity and reliability of state academic assessments; gauging student academic achievement using a variety of measures; charting student progress over time; and evaluating student academic achievement through the development of comprehensive academic assessment instruments, such as performance and technology-based tools.”

Maybe it’s just me, but I wonder: why do states have to spend money to get money to spend money make assessing students “better”?