Project-based learning and project-based assessments are the way to go together with other reforms, such a recruiting a diverse teacher workforce, structuring time in the day for curriculum development, and better working conditions, overall.
Andrea Gabor points appropriately to theNew York State Performance Standards Consortium as the way to go. I've visited several of the schools in this network in New York City over the years.
They're great small schools where young people have much more autonomy than in most public schools where they can even provide direct input into the school curriculum through thematic units across the curriculum of their choosing. Plus, they hardly administer high-stakes, standardized test (in New York, their is the Regents exam).
This helps keep these schools interesting and relevant and children and families happy and satisfied because their children are learning.
July 29, 2019, 8:00 AM CDT