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Reflection on Past Assessments

In this lesson, Dr. Stripling outlines the key characteristics for effective assessments, including timeliness, reflectivity, and authenticity. As educators, we know there are always ways to improve our practice. Use the document below to help you reflect on past assessments you've taken or administered and how Dr. Stripling's explanations could help you improve them moving forward.



Reflect on your experiences as a learner and/or an educator. In the workshop packet above, list examples of past assessments that you've participated in and assess their effectiveness based on the qualities outlined by Dr. Stripling. Were they timely? Were they reflective? Where they authentic? If not, how could they be improved to increase their efficacy as a tool for student learning?

About the Author

Barbara K. Stripling, PhD, is Senior Associate Dean and associate professor emerita at the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University. She earned her doctorate in information management from Syracuse University. Stripling is the author of numerous books and articles on school libraries, advocacy, inquiry, assessment, learning, and primary sources.

Stripling was the 2013–2014 president of the American Library Association. Previously, in her 40-year library career, Stripling has been Director of Library Services for the New York City schools, a school library media specialist and school district director of libraries in Arkansas, a library grant program director in Tennessee, and director of library programs at a local education fund in New York City. Stripling is a former president of the American Association of School Librarians.

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"Assessing to Empower Learners: Reflection on Past Assessments." School Library Connection, November 2019,
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