The Inner Thoughts of the Seattle School Board on Assessments
At the last Curriculum and Instruction Committee meeting, head of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction, Kyle Kinoshita, reported out to the Board a compilation of what staff heard regarding "the Board feedback on the assessment policy draft from the Committee of the Whole meeting" (See page 44 of the agenda.)
He also states:
We are still sorting through feedback from the Board as well as our continued stakeholder engagement to determine the next set of revisions to the policy draft.
I think this a valuable look at the thought process of the directors. What we see are themes that arise - no matter what the topic - on policy direction, transparency, and, indirectly, reasoning around what the district spends money on .
So what did directors have to say?
Directors are seeking clarity on:
-Student and parent rights with attention to issues of over-testing, “opt-outs”, and timely and appropriate sharing of results;
-Policy purpose, specifically what is our philosophy of assessment, language around balance between assessment and instruction and clarity of purpose of assessment in SPS;
-Greater transparency in assessment selection and implementation;
-And finally a clear, transparent process for selecting assessments with clear guidance as to the role of the school board in this process
Student and Parent Rights