I met this amazing educator at the Children at Risk Texas Education Summit 2018. AJ Crabill, Dep. Commissioner of Governance, Texas Education Agency spoke on TEA’s new school accountability. Check out txschools.org – what an amazing database.
I hope that accountability includes assessment on asking a learner to change code to see if they mastered their assignment. I have used coding to assess student’s mastery of math concepts for decades. In this lesson the assessment was to write code that draws a circle inscribed in a square. The question is how do we replace multiple choice testing with coding as an assessment tool? That and self-assessment. With AI thinking computers could grade. It is time to change the system.
I hope in the TEA Listening Tour the focus is on computer science as 60%+ STEM jobs are in CS and every student needs to learn the basics. Communication is the key to make sure the majority of talkers are teachers.