I missed the bus – thoughts on indirect assessment

I missed the bus to work today. I knew time was tight as I was going out the door. As I went along, I gained confidence I would make it, because I saw one of the school buses that I usually meet. And some kids waiting for another school bus (I usually see two school buses). And I saw the city buses at the bus transfer point (but I could not see my bus meeting them).

ALAS, none of that indirect evidence measured where my bus was on its route. As I rounded the Kibbie Dome I saw my bus picking up a rider at my stop and heading away.

I’m noting this as part of the conversation I’m part of about direct and indirect evidence of student learning outcomes. This is an example of the failure of relying on indirect evidence.

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