"Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students" (Lopez).
- Why are you participating in the assessments that you use with students?
- Can you share in explicit detail the value that you find in each assessment?
- Do you participate in assessments that you find no value in for students?
- Are you using an assessment you have no idea how to deliver, but are afraid to ask for help with?
When looking over these questions, it really makes me press pause and think about the reasoning on why we are assessing what we assess. Lopez says "if we cannot explicitly show how students are engaged in assessments that we deliver, then we cannot sufficiently defend the use of those very assessments". If teachers stop and take the time to answer these questions honestly, it could make a huge difference in not only their assessments, but their teaching as well. The key to getting value out of these four questions would be in being genuine in our answers and reflection on how we do things.