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#EdPolicyOnline: John White and Dr. John King Talk Assessment

• Samantha Tankersley

A few weeks ago, EdPolicy Leaders Online began a series of exclusive sneak peeks into our introductory course; Securing Our Nation’s Future: The Urgent Need for Education Reform. While there is no silver bullet to change the course of American schools, this course provides insight into a number of proven education reform policies. And we will be highlighting these reform efforts over the upcoming weeks.

Our last post discussed the importance and purpose of school accountability systems and the need for higher standards. This week, we build on that principle by providing access to the EdPolicy Leaders Online video Key Reform Efforts: Assessments, which contains commentary from:

  • Patricia Levesque, CEO, Foundation for Excellence in Education
  • Joel Klein, Co-Chair, U.S. Education Reform and National Security Independent Task Force
  • John White, State Superintendent of Education, Louisiana
  • John King, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Education

In this video, our presenters discuss the reasons why we test, how assessments are used to better student learning, why cut scores should be rigorous and the need for fewer and better assessments.

“We do testing because it reveals a version of the truth. It reveals the honest reality of what’s going on with children’s learning.”
– John White State Superintendent of Education, Louisiana


Key Reform Efforts: Assessment from EdPolicy Leaders Online on Vimeo.


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About the author

Samantha Tankersley

Samantha is the Policy Coordinator for the Foundation for Excellence in Education’s new initiative, EdPolicy Leaders Online. Before joining ExcelinEd, Samantha served as an advocacy intern for the Foundation for Florida's Future while simultaneously pursuing her master's in Public Administration from Florida State University. Samantha has also served as a teaching assistant for international schools in England and Switzerland. She received her bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Central Florida in 2012.