The Building for Equity framework provides practical resources for educators and school teams working toward school change who are aware that they must avoid quick fixes and easy answers but lack the guidance and tools to do so on their own.
On a rainy afternoon in late November, a group of scholars at Del Lago Academy in California were invited to join me in a conversation about what learning might look like twenty years into the future. They were constrained only by their imagination and were encouraged to think beyond their wildest dreams. What they shared both inspired me and gave me pause as an educator. This is their story, crafted from my notes.
When we introduce Quality Performance Assessment to educators all over the country, they always want to see an example of one we consider high quality. The QPA team developed these blueprints as examples, starting points that can be adapted to fit local contexts.
At Pyne Arts Magnet School in Lowell, MA, students are completing performance assessments at every grade level and finding their voices.
In our large, urban school district—Jefferson County Public Schools—we are challenging ourselves to do more than ask students to bubble in circles to “prove” what they know. We are expecting students to demonstrate and provide evidence of their abilities, skills, and dispositions. This has proven to be a worthy and large task.
Performance assessment implementation is a years-long commitment. It's generally good practice to see what folks who've already embarked on this journey have been doing, and below you'll find pertinent advice on performance assessment and design from educators in our MCIEA districts.
Alternative high school principals Ron Schmidt (Chelsea Opportunity Academy in Chelsea, MA) and Margaret Green, (Next Wave / Full Circle in Somerville, MA) share learnings, insights, and advice about the school design process.