“How do we know what students are learning?” So opens the narration of chapter 9, “Seeing the Learning.”
Rather than simply reply on summative test scores to communicate whether or not students have “achieved,” the educators at Mission Hill create exhibitions in which students must present and defend their learning to a committee of teachers and peers. The complexity of learning necessary to pull of such a feat is no small matter. But more importantly, look at the students as they go through this process — they have worked hard, they know it, and you can practically savor the satisfaction they will feel on the other side of the experience.
This is assessment AS learning, a process that is immensely valuable to the most important person in education — the student. Check it out. You’ll be moved.