What if we assessed more, graded less?
Would spirits sore that learning’s ongoing, really endless?
Do big red numbers atop a page
Signal “Guess that’s done, now I can leave that stage?”
Would dollops of feedback more likely make us stretch?
Or shall we continue memory training to perfect simple games of fetch?
Is assessment really lots of tests that mostly come at the end?
Or could it be less destination and more calibration for traveling interesting bends?
by Bo Adams in a fit of poetic risk, knowing full well he is not yet the poet he one day will be!