Academic journal article Middle Grades Research Journal

Foreword

Academic journal article Middle Grades Research Journal

Foreword

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As Middle Grades Research Journal continues to grow in scope and outreach, it continues to be our commitment to provide sound and solid research on the many facets of middle grades research. This special issue, Volume 8, Number 2, on assessment presents a fitting followup to the previous issue on engagement and motivation. In many ways, the themes of these two issues are the bookends that bracket education in the middle grades.

Assessment: the very word has been known to strike terror in the hearts and minds of all members of the educational community, from students in their desks to the teachers instructing them to administrators and education policymakers at local, state, and national levels. The overlay of international assessment platforms like TIMSS (Trends in International Math and Science Study) and PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) has intensified the role played by assessment in 21st century instruction. Moreover, nowhere is assessment more relevant than in the middle grades, which are often the "black box" of failed educational trajectories. Therefore, it is both timely and relevant that we devote this issue of the Middle Grades Research Journal to the concept of assessment, a term glibly employed but whose core meaning is frequently misunderstood and misinterpreted. …

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