Posts By: Jarrett

Deeper Understanding of Mathematics


As we enter our second year of implementing the Help Me Talk About Math assessment in Saskatchewan, the number of schools delivering the Grade 1 math assessment has grown to over 100 schools. As I was training the school division leads the other week on the importance of this work and the nuances of the... Read more »

How much should I be talking with my child?


"Why is it that some kids are good at learning language and others are not? And why is it that often children from low-income families fall so far behind in their language development and educational achievements? Is no one talking to them?" Good questions from a recent blog that highlights new research around the... Read more »

Making a River Flow Back Up a Mountain


A good (yet long) rant by Dr. Don Taylor, which is a common (yet wonderful) formula he always uses.  :) As I continue my work in developing early years assessments with the goal of creating real change, Don reminds me (and others) to " never forget that even though we are looking for pure data in our research,... Read more »



I wanted to share this post from one of the teacher's involved in the Help Me Tell My Story assessment in Saskatchewan.  She discusses the impact the puppet Askî has had in her classroom and why the connection between her students and Askî is important to the success of the assessment. The Holistic Assessment... Read more »

Moving Data into Action


Here's a post by Erin Chreptyk, our Coordinator for the  Help Me Tell My Story Assessment. A pivotal component of this holistic assessment approach is connecting results to ideas.  This linkage helps focus in on areas of improvement and provides teachers and parents with targeted activities to improve language... Read more »

Much more than an assessment


Hello again. As this project has grown over the days,  months and years, it is easy to get lost in its success and its evolution towards something truly innovative and effective. At a recent meeting, as I introduced the work and overarching concepts to a new member of our team, they reminded me that the Help Me... Read more »

The history and the future of the Help Me Tell My Story...


Happy New Year everyone, Here's a blog post I wrote on the project's website.  Take some time to explore the new website. Enjoy! POSTED ON DECEMBER 19, 2012 Author: Jarrett Laughlin   This is a guest post... Read more »

The more the merrier - Community engagement in learning


A recent post by the OECD explores how actively involving parents and students can help improve education systems by way of accountability and school achievement processes.  The OECD calls it a 'growing trend' as parents, community leaders, and others are taking an increasingly active role in their local... Read more »

Holistic Assessment Approach: Moving Education Assessment Forward


Educators have long been frustrated with the limitations that come with "off-the-shelf" assessments.  That is why the bv02 Education Team created the Holistic Assessment Approach, which provides educators with the opportunity to develop their own assessment that is reflective of the local contexts and cultures of... Read more »

Teaching Style and its importance to community-based learning


Interesting post today by the OECD identifying the important role of the teacher to the success of the child in the school.  May seem quite obvious to most of you, but something we often take for granted. Also interesting final note that data from the 2008 Teacher and Learning International Survey ( Talis... Read more »

What are Holistic Assessments?


Welcome to my new page on holistic learning assessments. In the upcoming posts, I will describe more about the unique approach I have developed to designing holistic learning assessments and will share some examples of assessments in action. More specifically, I will discuss a fantastic new pilot assessment, called... Read more »