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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.