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  1. 1. The Solution…….<br />
  2. 2. This<br />This<br />
  3. 3. Or This….<br />
  4. 4. Authentic<br />Meaningful<br />Active<br />Engaging<br />Motivating<br />Strengthens<br />High Expectations<br />
  5. 5. Benard (1995), <br />suggests , the most promising alternative approaches focus on students assets <br />(including their background and prior experiences), <br />varied teaching strategies, and meaningful learning in collaborative settings. <br />
  6. 6. Alternative <br />Assessment<br />
  7. 7. Alternative Assessment:<br /><ul><li>Alternative to traditional paper and pencil testing
  8. 8. Reveals students critical thinking and evaluation skills
  9. 9. Open ended tasks
  10. 10. Teacher created
  11. 11. Inextricably tied to curriculum.</li></li></ul><li>Performance Assessment<br />Authentic Assessment<br />And<br />Portfolio Assessment<br />
  12. 12. Opportunities <br />for <br />Formative <br />Assessment<br />
  13. 13. Formative Assessment<br />+<br />Summative Assessment<br />=<br />SUCCESS FOR ALL LEARNERS<br />
  14. 14. Formative Assessment:<br /><ul><li>Practice assessment in non-threaten ways
  15. 15. Underpinned by successful outcomes for all students
  16. 16. Opportunities to reflect
  17. 17. High level of student contribution</li></li></ul><li>Teachers Response:<br />“Ensure the students experience success, thus gaining confidence”<br />“Individualized Assessment”<br />
  18. 18. Traditional assessment is failing our at risk students.<br />Alternative Assessment contains key educational advantages.<br />Teachers Agree.<br />…Step Further…<br />Positive relationship between ‘at risk’ students and alternative assessment<br />
  19. 19. At Risk Students: <br />Generally fail in standardized testing methods<br />According to Education reforms (1994), alternative assessment <br />“Has the students demonstrate what they have learnt rather than how well they can take a test.” <br />
  20. 20. At risk student: <br />Generally display negative behaviours. Most of the time this is just a mask of larger underlying problems. <br />Benard (1995), states alternative assessment will focus on strengths (including their backgrounds and prior experiences) rather than deficits. By highlighting the student’s strengths intrinsic motivation is developed. Thus, behaviour issues decrease. <br />
  21. 21. At risk students: <br />They often attend schools where there is a low expectation placed on them to succeed. <br />Alternative assessment holds high expectations for all learners. Assessment is designed in conjunction with students so that all learners can achieve to their highest agreed upon potential. “Schools that establish and communicate high expectations and create high achieving learning environments for all students have high rates of academic success”(Howard, 1990).<br />
  22. 22. At risk Students: <br />Students generally have difficulty in making and maintain relationships<br />According to Learning Points Associates, (2003) “alternative assessment focuses on meaningful learning in collaborative settings”. The instruction connects with the student’s culture and prior knowledge thus engaging the students and making it meaningful in their own context. Collaborate learning also allows the students opportunities to form and maintain relationships with other peers. <br />
  23. 23. At risk students: <br />Students seem distracted and don’t have interest in educational activities. This is generally because they spend much of their time thinking about issues outside of the classroom. <br />Alternative assessment offers opportunities for varied teaching strategies. “There are 3 variations of alternative assessment and in any given tasks more than one form may be involved” (Alternative Assessment Overview (2008). Using a variety of strategies caters for a diverse group of learners.<br />
  24. 24. At risk students: <br />Students need real life connections to content if they are to participate in the learning activity. <br />Alternative assessment ensures students are active participants in making tasks authentic. According to Teaching Today (2008), “Students evaluate and reflect on their own processes, and actively help set the criteria for the assessment”. <br />
  25. 25. Authentic<br />Meaningful<br />Active<br />Engaging<br />Motivating<br />Strengthens<br />High Expectations<br />
  26. 26. The challenge<br />
  27. 27. What Do these words mean to you?<br /><ul><li>Think about the hard work and dedication required to implement them
  28. 28. Think about the lives you could help change
  29. 29. Think about the opportunities you can help to create
  30. 30. Perhaps even the lives you will save</li></ul>At Risk students desperately need you help to succeed…… <br />
  31. 31. Time to make your judgment….<br />Stand up, work hard, and deliver meaningful, authentic, active, engaging, motivating, alternative assessment practices that <br />hold high expectations<br />And achieve success for at risk students<br />