Hello all, my name is Donna, and I am excited about being an author for our new assessment blog here at Discovery Education. I have more that 20 years experience in education as a classroom teacher, state projects, and superintendent. As a former high school teacher, the “aha moment” when the light came on in a student’s mind, was worth it all to me. Now I am experiencing the same phenomena as I work with teachers in student mode, wanting to learn more about improving student achievement and benchmark formative assessment.
My experience in formative assessment formally began four years ago as I began to see first hand the impact of formative assessment versus summative assessment in classrooms, schools, and districts. As I work as an Education Consultant at Discovery Education in the area of assessment we have a great team of educators. Together we have worked to refine approaches to inform, encourage, and excite educators to improve instruction by implementing their own students’ data as a guide.
We look forward to adding other educators as authors to this blog very soon and hearing about your experiences with assessment and how you are using data to help your students.