“In short, the assessment system was exerting a damaging influence on the curriculum, and that influence was all the more damaging for being practically invisible.”
This is how Daisy Christodoulou, Director of Education at No More Marking, sums up the educational landscape before she started writing her second book, Making Good Progress? The future of Assessment for Learning. Christodoulou then spent four years at Ark Schools working on assessment and describes the book as a summary of what she learnt in that time.
Making Good Progress? has since become an educational staple. With issues, such as teaching to test, tackled in the book – alongside Christodoulou’s new professional focus on comparative judgement – it makes rich pickings for a brilliant December book club.
We are delighted that Christodoulou will be joining us online on Thursday 7th December 2017 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm to discuss her book, Making Good Progress? The future of Assessment for Learning. It’s entirely open and we would love for as many of you as possible to take part. There are three ways you can join in:
- On Twitter, use and follow the hashtag #CCTbookclub
- We will start a thread on our Facebook page that you will be able to comment and respond to
- Feel free to comment in the comments section below this article.
You can talk about anything that struck you in the book. We have included five questions below – these are ripe for discussion, but they aren’t prescriptive so if there is another aspect you would like to discuss or question, please do so. We have suggested:
- Can we measure progress in individual lessons?
- What is teaching to the test and why is it bad?
- Can you use the same test for formative and summative purposes?
- What are the best types of formative assessment?
- Why does reliability matter?
See you online on Thursday 7th December 2017 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.