Common Core Assessment Video Series: How Do the Common Core Assessments Fit into our Children's Education?
In the end, part of what school is about is "learning how to learn." Students "learn how to learn" by building knowledge and skills and then applying their knowledge and skills to meet a particular challenge. If students are successful in that challenge, they can build to the next challenge. Or if students are unsuccessful, they need to figure out what to do differently to succeed.
Assessments help all of us -- educators, parents, and ultimately, students -- understand how we're doing or where we are against a standard. Once we know that, we can get better. That's the role that assessments play: they help us understand where we are and what we need to do next in order to continue to improve.
In this video, Commissioner King discusses in more detail how assessments help us improve education.