The Ministers’ Misconceptions. I am constantly surprised at the persistence, in ministerial talk and writing, of allegiance to the ‘transmission theory’ of education; the focus on rewards (even monetary ones) and punishment; the lack of openness to multiple answers, productive errors, creativity; and the preferred solution to bad performance on test, more & more tests. It is like the misguided belief that if the patient is sick, health involves repeating measurement of temperature.
Social Language is often so difficult to assess. That's why I created the Social Language Version of my Curriculum-Based Assessments for grades K-5. The term curriculum-based assessment (CBA) simply means measurement that uses "direct observation and recording of a student's performance in the local curriculum as a basis for gathering information to make instructional decisions"(Deno, 1987, p. 41).