Assessment in Third Grade (Diagnostic (For leaning: it is a way for…
Assessment in Third Grade
For leaning: it is a way for teachers to see where a student stands in order to better serve him or her
Example: a pre-assessment at the beginning of a new math unit.
Definition: a form of assessment tat allows a teacher to determine students' individual strengths, weaknesses, knowledge, and skills prior to instruction.
Advantages: allow teachers to plan meaningful and appropriate instruction, provides information to individualize instruction, creates a baseline for assessing future learning.
Disadvantages: may lead teachers to make incorrect inferences about a student's ability, can be stressful or disappointing for students to complete.
For learning: teachers use formative assessment to inform them about students' needs
Example: Students give a thumbs up or thumbs down to show teacher how well they understand a new concept
Definition: assessments used to monitor students' learning and to provide ongoing feedback used by teachers to improve instruction
Advantages: give teachers information about student learning while learning is taking place, help teachers improve their teaching or change teaching to help students fill better understand, occurs constantly
Disadvantages: may not target exactly what students need help with, take time, teachers may not know how to properly use it
Of leaning: tests student knowledge and application of skills at the end of an instructional unit
Example: a student's published personal narrative at the end of a Personal Narrative Writing unit
Definition: Assessments used to evaluate students' learning at the end of a unit by comparing it to a unit standard.
Advantages: motivate students to pay attention and study, give teachers insight
Disadvantages: teachers may teach to the test, students may stress out and develop too much time to studying, not always an accurate reflection of learning.
Of learning:measures students' ability to apply what they have learned
Example: Students create a public service announcement about recycling for a science unit about sustainability
Definition: a task which measures students' ability to apply skills and knowledge learned during a unit of study. Usually challenges students to complete a task that mirrors the responsibilities of a professional. Can be a summative or formative assessment.
Advantages: student centered, students must apply knowledge, requires higher order thinking, students enjoy it, promotes student creativity, can be summative or formative
Disadvantages: time consuming, grading can be difficult, must be carefully targeted to actually assess student learning
Of learning: tests how much students know
Example: Stanford Achievement Test
Definition: Tests which are used to make important decisions about students, educators, schools, or districts. Often known as standardized tests and not counted as a grade for students.
Advantages: teachers can learn more about students, provide data, help students work on test taking skills
Disadvantages: high stress for students and teachers, low reliability, not equitable, not all subjects are tested well
Of learning or for learning: uses a student's body of completed work as assessment or as a progressive record of student growth.
Example: teachers send home a packet of student math assessments (summative and formative) during each math unit for parents to review with their children.
Definition: a systematic collection of student work that depicts a student's activities, accomplishments, and achievements in one or more school subjects. Could be a process portfolio or product portfolio.
Advantages: promotes student self-evaluation, helps students and teachers set goals, can include a variety of types of work, provides an opportunity for students, parents, and teachers to discuss progress.
Disadvantages: requires extra time to gather work samples, scoring portfolios can be difficult, scheduling portfolio conferences can be tough for busy teachers.
Of learning: tests how well students have learned a concept or skill
Example: At the end of a unit about types of government, students perform a skit to about one specific type of government, including vocabulary words and explaining how leaders are chosen.
Definition: a form of assessment in which students must perform real-world tasks that demonstrate meaningful application of essential knowledge and skills.
Advantages: Students actually apply the skills which they have learned rather than answering questions about them, student structured
Disadvantages: may be more difficult to grade, can be very time consuming.
Of and for learning: Students can think about what they have learned but can also learn more about themselves to help them in future assignments
Example: students complete a reflection about what they did well and how could do better on a math test. Students can also give themselves life skills grades and reflect about how they can improve next trimester.
Definition: students evaluate their own work using a rubric or questionnaire.
Advantages: introspection can lead to personal growth, students can gain more self-awareness, gives teacher an insight into how students feel about their work.
Disadvantages: highly subjective, can be difficult for younger students
Of and for learning: students learn about themselves and can find out how well they have performed and how to improve their work, according to peers
Example: students read one another's persuasive speeches and give kudos and feedback to make their writing better.
Definition: students evaluate their peers' work and have their work evaluated by peers.
Advantages: encourages students to reflect on their own role and work, provides relevant feedback from peers
Disadvantages: highly subjective, can be difficult for younger students, students can be harsh with one another