Assessment is never easy Many decisions must be made Both Objective and Subjective Teachers have to make difficult arbitrary decisions which most likely will be – Questioned and Debated
Ways To Help Things To Consider Base Assessment on Teaching Objectives Assess what you teach, not what you should teach. Both teaching and assessment should reflect what we want learning as outcomes
Focus on what is important rather than on what is easy to measure Ongoing Assessment is preferable to endpoint – Incorporate evaluation into regular activities
Assessment of teaching should be based on what students learn rather than on what they already know and can do – We need to find out what they already know BEFORE we teach - Pre Assessment Give students a clear understanding of the reasons for assessment, they will perform better. Assessment procedures should be built around the notion of finding ways of improving instruction.
Effective assessment… Getsthe student involved in Self Evaluation, thinking about how he or she can do better, and taking responsibility for his/her own learning.
“A Teacher should alwaysremember that assessment isat the very best, a subjectiveand risky affair!” Thomas Turner University of Tennessee
How DO We Measure Learning? Informal Assessment – Spontaneous evaluation to gauge student understanding. – Questioning,Discussions Formal Assessment – Planned evaluation based on learning objectives – Rubrics, Tests
Authentic Assessment Elicits Higher Order Thinking Provides Real World Connections Criterion Referenced Performance Based Now It’s YOUR TURN to explore. Download the Scavenger Hunt Guidesheet and follow the directions