by Taundra Powell

A Parent's Point of View

Lopez's opinion was that teachers are jamming numerous assessments down the throats of our kids without any explanation of what they are measuring or how it will help them in the long run. I completely agree, and although I am not in the classroom at this time; since the beginning of this 2016 school year; I have helped my daughter on six different standards assessment. Each assessment covered six different standards, for example we started with a Geography Lesson, moved on to Latin America, then European Explorers, next Economics, and so on; this week week we are studying World War I. Majority of assessments have been focused on vocabulary and because they are always studied, they are multiple passing grades.

I remember asking other kids how the next standard related to the others, and it was always "hold on, hold on" then crickets [no response]. My child has an advantage compared to others, and that is because I understand the relationship of the different standards because I did my student-teaching in Middle School and I know how to help her; unfortunately at the moment I cannot help others. But soon I will get the opportunity, as my change in career starts.

Defending Our Assessment Practices

If I was asked why I help with the extra studying of assessment, I would say the extra help is to keep the interest; and having that understanding can make learning new standards exciting.

The value I give when I can help with studying before assessments is when my child chooses to study more than enough just to get ahead without depending on my help.

Since I have started studying for a Masters I have a better understanding of what students can miss out on, with just completing standards without making sure there is understanding and attaining of knowledge before an assessment. My goal will be to not participate in assessments of no value.

When it comes to an assessment I have no idea how to deliver, because I am the type of parent that will ask, or email a teacher to request parent-teacher conference so that I can understand what is needed and be prepared in the future I would expect the same as a teacher

Conversation Between the Leadership Team

When it comes to assessments that some of your Leadership Team does not value or they do value, it should be reviewed. Not discusses as; Yes I Value or No I do not Value, there should be details to your Yes' and Nos'.


As Lopez stated, "Assessment is not about you as a teacher, it is about your students," and the use of some of his components will lead to a good Assessment Plan.

Components of the Assessment Plan

  • Declaration - if you can't explain it you should start over
  • Assessment Grid - assessment should expand over time, between grade levels
  • Assessment Table of Contents - being able to define each standard
  • Commitment to Involving Students - create a sponsorship with students, student should engage in discussion of assessments
  • Standardizing Our Efforts - collegues should talk about their plans, no need to keep secrets; if one succeed, we all should succeed
  • Assessment Calendar - So that all will know when and what is going on


Lopez, Damen, (2013). No Excuses University

Taundra Powell

EDU 650 - Teaching Learning and Leading in 21st Century

Instructor: Jackie Kyger