The Gordon Commission on the Future of Assessment in Education has a three-fold mission:
- study the best of extant educational assessment policy, practice and technology
- consider our best estimates of how education will change in the future and what it will need from educational measurement during the 21st century
- generate recommendations concerning the design of future models for and uses of educational assessment to support the demands and needs of education as these varied needs can be anticipated to be in the next quarter century and beyond
The Commission will evaluate the current state of educational assessment and the uses of its data. The Commission will explore ways in which emerging developments in pedagogical, cognitive and technological sciences can be leveraged in the design of educational assessment instruments, procedures and systems that are more powerful accelerants of student learning, of effective teaching and of effective educational system management.
It will also review and critique the best of our current assessments and models and anticipate future needs and goals in the service of educational excellence and equity by the mid-21st century. The Commission is expected to conduct its inquiries and deliberations with wide public participation and complete transparency, and will make public its report to the field.