Assessment Thought Leaders - Ty G. Jones, Dr. Darryl Henson
The Critical Education Issues Initiative has two goals:
- Engage NABSE members as active participants in the development and approval of NABSE’s ofﬁcial positions on critical education issues for the present and foreseeable future, and
- Inform legislative and policy decisions in education matters impacting African-American learners, schools and communities at the local, state and national
How might the high stakes assessment data for African-American learners be better utilized to incentivize maximum performance?
Utilize data to develop standards and skills based instruction for students and professional development for teachers, schools, and districts.
These constraints will incentivize districts in ensuring that one subgroup is within a speciﬁed passing percentage/success rate of all other groups.
Ensure that all language on assessments does not have cultural bias for or against any ethnic group. (i.e. locomotive vs train; couch vs sofa)
What alternatives to high stakes testing exist that have been utilized successfully with African American learners in particular?
Provide the LEA with guidelines for collecting a compilation of student work, projects, and traditional assessments to demonstrate student growth over time.
Include topics and content from African-American history on 4th. 8th, and 12th grade NAEP assessments.
On Grade Level Exams
Introduce legislation that requires states to administer exams that are on grade level as determined by national standards.
Adjust the weight that Career and Technical Education industry certiﬁcations impact a campus’ or district’s state or federal accountability rating.
Ty G. Jones
(Chair- NABSE Governance Commission & District 5 Trustee, Lancaster (TX) ISD)
Dr. Darryl J. Henson
(Supt – Marlin (TX) ISD