The Essentials Of Assessment

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The Essentials Of Assessment

  1. 1. the essentials of assessment assessment~ the Latin root, assidere, means to sit beside.
  2. 2. opening thought <ul><li>Clouds appear </li></ul><ul><li>and bring to men a chance to rest </li></ul><ul><li>from looking at the moon. </li></ul><ul><li>~ Basho </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment should be like </li></ul><ul><li>a Japanese haiku poem, </li></ul><ul><li>deep and simple. </li></ul><ul><li>(adapted from Damian Cooper’s Talk About Assessment ) </li></ul>
  3. 3. the whole idea <ul><li>Assess often, evaluate less. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>assessment </li></ul><ul><li>evaluation </li></ul>terms to ideas Gathering, recording, and analysing student work to help students, over time, attain a learning goal. Assessment informs instruction. It looks to the present, and to the future. Assigning a value to student work to measure the learning they have acquired at the end of a time period. Evaluation is for reporting. It looks to the past.
  5. 5. assessment moves instruction FORWARD teacher student assessment coaches practices assessment coaches practices assessment
  6. 6. Students can hit any target that they know about and that holds still for them. ~Rick Stiggins <ul><li>If you don’t know where you are going, all roads will lead you to nowhere. </li></ul><ul><li>~ Henry Kissinger </li></ul> foundation Begin with the end in mind .
  7. 7. backwards design What do I want my students to learn? How will my students get there? How do I know when my students are there? Where are my students now? planning practicing assessing evaluating & reporting Ongoing feedback
  8. 8. Only if we expand and reformulate our view of what counts as human intellect will we be able to devise more appropriate ways of addressing it and more effective ways of educating it. ~Howard Gardner foundation Seek variety and balance. WRITE DO SAY observations products conversations Anne Davies, Making Classroom Assessment Work
  9. 9. balance assessment strategies SAY debate oral presentation interview WRITE play script brochure report DO mural artifact photo essay assessment strategy = how the student will demonstrate learning
  10. 10. balance assessment tools anecdotal records checklists rating scales rubrics assessment tool = how the teacher will assess learning
  11. 11. The student knows more than the teacher about what and how he has learned – even if he knows less about what was taught. ~ Peter Elbow foundation Give descriptive feedback and include the student in their assessment. Research Connection Involving students in assessment and increasing the amount of descriptive feedback, while decreasing the amount of evaluative feedback, increases student learning significantly. Students who usually achieve less show the largest gains. (Black and William 1998) From Anne Davies, Making Classroom Assessment Work
  12. 12. know your students trust yourself assessment means to sit with
  13. 13. thank you

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