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Assessment 
Rocks & Sucks 
Darren Kuropatwa 
Curriculum Coordinator 
St. James-Assiniboin School Division 
Sept 2014 creat...
talk need to 
People learning 
they’re what about cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by Travis Hornung: 
http://flickr.com/ph...
Things That Suck
The Rules 
• Choose a side or stay in the middle 
• State your case 
• Be kind and respectful
Students learn best after an assessment 
task has been graded. 
Afterward they can see the mistakes 
they’ve made and make...
Students learn best after an assessment 
task has been graded. 
Afterward they can see the mistakes 
they’ve made and make...
It’s my job as a teacher is 
to determine what success 
looks like in my 
classroom; students can’t 
really contribute to ...
It’s my job as a teacher is 
to determine what success 
looks like in my 
classroom; students can’t 
really contribute to ...
When students don’t hand 
in an assignment that’s a 
zero in the grade book. 
Hopefully it’ll encourage 
them to do better...
When students don’t hand 
in an assignment that’s a 
zero in the grade book. 
Hopefully it’ll encourage 
them to do better...
All assessment tasks, 
formative and 
summative, are part of 
determining the grades 
on the report card. 
creative common...
All assessment tasks, 
formative and 
summative, are part of 
determining the grades 
on the report card. 
creative common...
If students do poorly on a summative test 
I can just make that a formative test (not 
for marks) on a student by student ...
If students do poorly on a summative test 
I can just make that a formative test (not 
for marks) on a student by student ...
One form of assessment will work to the 
advantage of some students and to the 
disadvantage of others. 
creative commons ...
One form of assessment will work to the 
advantage of some students and to the 
disadvantage of others. 
creative commons ...
Allow new evidence of achievement to replace old evidence. 
That means I can just “drop” earlier assessments. 
cc licensed...
Allow new evidence of achievement to replace old evidence. 
That means I can just “drop” earlier assessments. 
cc licensed...
Grading is reducing 
learning to a symbol 
Quote source: Joe Bower creative commons licensed (BY) flickr photo by db Photo...
Grading is reducing 
learning to a symbol 
Quote source: Joe Bower creative commons licensed (BY) flickr photo by db Photo...
Never grade students 
while they are still 
learning something and, 
even more important, do 
not reward them for their 
p...
Never grade students 
while they are still 
learning something and, 
even more important, do 
not reward them for their 
p...
A mark or grade is an inadequate report of an 
inaccurate judgement by a biased and variable 
judge of the extent to which...
A mark or grade is an inadequate report of an 
inaccurate judgement by a biased and variable 
judge of the extent to which...
They didn’t do well 
on the test so they 
must not get it. 
source: Jon Sorokowski 
creative commons licensed (BY-NC-SA) f...
They didn’t do well 
on the test so they 
must not get it. 
source: Jon Sorokowski 
creative commons licensed (BY-NC-SA) f...
thanks 
You Rock! 
creative commons licensed (BY-NC-SA) flickr photo by reCreate texture: 
http://flickr.com/photos/taketo...
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Assessment Rocks and Sucks!

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Slides to support an animated discussion about various issues around the topic of Assessment with new teachers. Something of a riff on the classic EdCamp activity by the same name.

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Assessment Rocks and Sucks!

  1. 1. Assessment Rocks & Sucks Darren Kuropatwa Curriculum Coordinator St. James-Assiniboin School Division Sept 2014 creative commons licensed (BY-NC) flickr photo by rAmmoRRison: http://flickr.com/photos/rammorrison/3157172804
  2. 2. talk need to People learning they’re what about cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by Travis Hornung: http://flickr.com/photos/awfulshot/158891604/
  3. 3. Things That Suck
  4. 4. The Rules • Choose a side or stay in the middle • State your case • Be kind and respectful
  5. 5. Students learn best after an assessment task has been graded. Afterward they can see the mistakes they’ve made and make corrections so they don’t make the same mistakes again. creative commons licensed (BY-NC-ND) flickr photo by photobunny: http://flickr.com/photos/photobunny_earl/2273450908
  6. 6. Students learn best after an assessment task has been graded. Afterward they can see the mistakes they’ve made and make corrections so they don’t make the same mistakes again. creative commons licensed (BY-NC-ND) flickr photo by photobunny: http://flickr.com/photos/photobunny_earl/2273450908
  7. 7. It’s my job as a teacher is to determine what success looks like in my classroom; students can’t really contribute to “success criteria” in a meaningful way. creative commons licensed (BY) flickr photo by US Department of Education: http://flickr.com/photos/departmentofed/7733041190
  8. 8. It’s my job as a teacher is to determine what success looks like in my classroom; students can’t really contribute to “success criteria” in a meaningful way. creative commons licensed (BY) flickr photo by US Department of Education: http://flickr.com/photos/departmentofed/7733041190
  9. 9. When students don’t hand in an assignment that’s a zero in the grade book. Hopefully it’ll encourage them to do better next time; besides, what else can I do? creative commons licensed (BY) flickr photo by Free Grunge Textures - www.freestock.ca: http://flickr.com/photos/80497449@N04/10567977356
  10. 10. When students don’t hand in an assignment that’s a zero in the grade book. Hopefully it’ll encourage them to do better next time; besides, what else can I do? creative commons licensed (BY) flickr photo by Free Grunge Textures - www.freestock.ca: http://flickr.com/photos/80497449@N04/10567977356
  11. 11. All assessment tasks, formative and summative, are part of determining the grades on the report card. creative commons licensed (BY-NC-ND) flickr photo by violet.blue: http://flickr.com/photos/violetblue/331392404
  12. 12. All assessment tasks, formative and summative, are part of determining the grades on the report card. creative commons licensed (BY-NC-ND) flickr photo by violet.blue: http://flickr.com/photos/violetblue/331392404
  13. 13. If students do poorly on a summative test I can just make that a formative test (not for marks) on a student by student basis. creative commons licensed (BY) flickr photo by woodleywonderworks: http://flickr.com/photos/wwworks/4005631298
  14. 14. If students do poorly on a summative test I can just make that a formative test (not for marks) on a student by student basis. creative commons licensed (BY) flickr photo by woodleywonderworks: http://flickr.com/photos/wwworks/4005631298
  15. 15. One form of assessment will work to the advantage of some students and to the disadvantage of others. creative commons licensed (BY) flickr photo by spiritinme: http://flickr.com/photos/spiritinme/3180355319
  16. 16. One form of assessment will work to the advantage of some students and to the disadvantage of others. creative commons licensed (BY) flickr photo by spiritinme: http://flickr.com/photos/spiritinme/3180355319
  17. 17. Allow new evidence of achievement to replace old evidence. That means I can just “drop” earlier assessments. cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo by r0bm867: http://flickr.com/photos/r0bm867/6351853660/
  18. 18. Allow new evidence of achievement to replace old evidence. That means I can just “drop” earlier assessments. cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo by r0bm867: http://flickr.com/photos/r0bm867/6351853660/
  19. 19. Grading is reducing learning to a symbol Quote source: Joe Bower creative commons licensed (BY) flickr photo by db Photography | Demi-Brooke: http://flickr.com/photos/demibrooke/2550349404
  20. 20. Grading is reducing learning to a symbol Quote source: Joe Bower creative commons licensed (BY) flickr photo by db Photography | Demi-Brooke: http://flickr.com/photos/demibrooke/2550349404
  21. 21. Never grade students while they are still learning something and, even more important, do not reward them for their performance at that point. source: Alfie Kohn creative commons licensed (BY-NC) flickr photo by Anne Davis 773: http://flickr.com/photos/anned/8700093610
  22. 22. Never grade students while they are still learning something and, even more important, do not reward them for their performance at that point. source: Alfie Kohn creative commons licensed (BY-NC) flickr photo by Anne Davis 773: http://flickr.com/photos/anned/8700093610
  23. 23. A mark or grade is an inadequate report of an inaccurate judgement by a biased and variable judge of the extent to which a student has attained an indefinite amount of material. source: Paul L. Dressel
  24. 24. A mark or grade is an inadequate report of an inaccurate judgement by a biased and variable judge of the extent to which a student has attained an indefinite amount of material. source: Paul L. Dressel
  25. 25. They didn’t do well on the test so they must not get it. source: Jon Sorokowski creative commons licensed (BY-NC-SA) flickr photo by Lotus Carroll: http://flickr.com/photos/thelotuscarroll/7502913456
  26. 26. They didn’t do well on the test so they must not get it. source: Jon Sorokowski creative commons licensed (BY-NC-SA) flickr photo by Lotus Carroll: http://flickr.com/photos/thelotuscarroll/7502913456
  27. 27. thanks You Rock! creative commons licensed (BY-NC-SA) flickr photo by reCreate texture: http://flickr.com/photos/taketone/6431082795

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