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By Laura Slover
As a high school English teacher I was constantly assessing (informally and formally) what my kids had learned and what I needed to teach or re-teach differently. In my experience, assessing is just part of teaching. Assessments are not a break from instruction – they are an integral part of instruction.
The PARCC states have embraced this belief, too: that high quality assessments and high quality standards go hand-in-hand. You cannot have one without the other. In fact, high quality assessments are tied to quality instruction.
A few months ago, PARCC launched the first in a series of customized learning objects, often referred to as “CLOs,” to provide educators, parents, teachers and community members additional digital resources to learn about the Common Core and the consortium’s aligned assessment.