NWEA Releases Study of Students' and Educators' Attitudes toward Assessments

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NWEA Releases Study of Students' and Educators' Attitudes toward Assessments


Piehler, Christopher, T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)


The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) has released the study "Make Assessment Matter: Students and Educators Want Tests that Support Learning." Conducted by Grunwald Associates, the study highlights the perceptions of students, 94 percent of whom agree that tests are important for understanding what they are learning, getting into a good college and knowing whether they will move on to the next grade. The study includes responses from 1,042 students, 1,004 teachers and 200 district administrators.

Matt Chapman, president and chief executive officer of the NWEA, said, "As a not-for-profit organization, NWEA strongly shares the belief--voiced by everyone in the survey--that assessments must be student-focused and should be used to improve teaching and learning. We are especially excited to bring the student into the conversation. Who better to help guide us toward a more student-centric educational system?" Some key highlights from the study include the following:

* 95 percent of students agree that tests are "very" or "somewhat" important for helping them and their teachers know if they are making progress in their learning during the year and for getting into a college;

* 55 percent of students believe they take state accountability tests to evaluate their schools;

* despite all the attention on assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards, 80 percent of students say they have not heard of new state accountability tests;

* 58 percent of high school students believe college entrance exams accurately predict college success; and

* 81 percent of students think student test scores reflect how well teachers teach. …

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