When Washington state ushered in high-stakes tests as a graduation requirement, it also included a set of assessment alternatives. The most frequently utilized option is the Collection of Evidence, or COE. The theory was to provide some protection for students who do not ‘test well’ – who possess the level of knowledge necessary to meet academic standard but, for whatever reason, are not able to convey that knowledge effectively in a standardized testing environment.
What are they? Well, collections of evidence are what they sound like – “work samples based on classroom work prepared by the student with instructional support from a teacher” according to OSPIs official literature. Continue reading »