Types of Assesment (Interim Assessment (This takes place occasionally…
Types of Assesment
This takes place occasionally throughout a larger time period.
Feedback to the learner is still quick, but may not be immediate
Interim Assessments tend to be more formal, using tools such as projects, written assignments, and tests.
Interim Assessments can help teachers identify gaps in student understanding and instruction, and ideally teachers address these before moving on or by weaving remedies into upcoming instruction and activities.
Examples: Chapter test; extended essay; a project scored with a rubric.
This takes place at the end of a large chunk of learning, with the results being primarily for the teacher's or school's use
Summative Assessment tends to have the least impact on improving an individual student's understanding or performance.
Students/parents can use the results of Summative Assessments to see where the student's performance lies compared to either a standard (MEAP/MME) or to a group of students (usually a grade-level group, such as all 6th graders nationally, such as Iowa Tests or ACT).
Teachers/schools can use these assessments to identify strengths and weaknesses of curriculum and instruction, with improvements affecting the next year's/term's students.
Examples: Standardized testing (MEAP, MME, ACT, WorkKeys, Terra Nova, etc.); Final exams; Major cumulative projects, research projects, and performances.
which is given at the beginning of the course or the beginning of the unit/topic, is known as diagnostic assessment
This assessment is used to collect data on what students already know about the topic.
Diagnostic assessments are sets of written questions (multiple choice or short answer) that assess a learner’s current knowledge base or current views on a topic/issue to be studied in the course
This method allows instructors and students to chart their learning progress by comparing pre- and post-tests results. Some disciplines, such as physics, have developed a set of diagnostic tests
Example :course with sensitive/controversial topics and course with group work.
specify criteria or standards (eg. essential elements of a task
judgements about performance can be made against set, pre-specified criteria and standards,
focus is on mastery with the achievement of a criterion representing a minimum, optimum or essential standard,
recorded via rating scale or set of scoring rubrics
examples include clinical skill competency tools
This occurs in the short term, as learners are in the process of making meaning of new content and of integrating it into what they already know.
Formative Assessment also enables the teacher to "turn on a dime" and rethink instructional strategies, activities, and content based on student understanding and performance.
Formative Assessment can be as informal as observing the learner's work or as formal as a written test. Formative Assessment is the most powerful type of assessment for improving student understanding and performance.
Examples: a very interactive class discussion; a warm-up, closure, or exit slip; a on-the-spot performance; a quiz.
do not utilise criteria,
assessment is competitive
involves making judgements about an individual's achievement by ranking and comparing their performance with others on the same assessment
examples include examinations.