Today's guest blog is written by Rick Stiggins. Rick is a world renowned assessment expert, and the retired founder of the Assessment Training Institute.
While it certainly is unusual to think of students in school in these terms, I believe they are vested with certain inalienable rights related to the assessment of their achievement and the use of their assessment results to influence their learning. Those rights are articulated below. Students and their families should be made aware of those rights and educators should understand their professional responsibility to understand and protect them. Students themselves may have difficulty asserting their assessment rights at least until high school and, even then, their ability and power to do so will be limited. For this reason, those rights are stated below as entitlements that school leaders and teachers, as well as parents and communities, must protect and honor. School policies and practices that violate these rights should be abandoned. In the service of maintaining a foundation of assessment literacy in American schools, students should be reminded of their rights on a regular basis.