The test results are in, so to speak. Last spring, students in California schools took the Smarter Balanced Assessment pilot. Although performance results are not being counted in the traditional sense, teachers and administrators are learning a lot from the experience. As I meet with teachers, a couple take-aways surface no matter the age and stage of students or content area tested:
- Students need to develop skills that allow them to read and process digital content, including informational text, images, and video.
- Students need to develop their writing stamina so they can navigate the cognitive load of thinking, writing, and typing in a digital environment, in one sitting.