At a recent staff meeting, I left with the message that common assessment didn't actually mean the EXACT same summative. I breathed a sigh of relief, and I really hope that I didn't misinterpret the message. What I
- Teachers assess the same big ideas, enduring understandings, and essential questions.
- Teachers assess the same skills.
- Teachers have flexibility in designing their specific assignments, as well as the content they use, as long as they fulfill 1. and 2. above. For example, tests can have different questions, essays can have different topics, English teachers can choose different texts.
- The culminating task is the exact same TYPE of assessment, such as an interview or an exam, but the content used may be different. For example, two different English teachers can use two different short stories, as long as their students are all writing an essay.
I'm really curious how others interpret "common assessment" and what it looks like in their schools and/or departments.