Student Assessments M6U1A1 Josiah Shoemaker (Assessments for learning…
Pros: Teaches students to evaluate themselves. Also easy to implement. Allows for students to set personal goals
Cons: Students may not be honest in their assessment
Assessment addressed by evaluating where you are at individually. Is an assessment of learning because it is a method for students to understand themselves and where they are.
Examples: Show me 1-5. Set a new goal. Weekly checks
Pros: Allows students to demonstrate knowledge
Cons: May put pressure on students and prevent a full reflection of student ability.
Assessment to evaluate student learning and skill acquisition. Is an assessment of learning because it reflects student learning after a certain time frame.
Examples: Semester test or Project
Assessment to measure student ability and understanding. Is an assessment of learning because it reflects student learning after the unit(s) is completed.
Examples: Unit test or Project
Pros: Reflects student learning and levels of understanding. Can be adjusted so a student can best show their understanding.
Cons: May not help all students. Allows for gaps in understanding to slip by.
Pros: Can reflect how students are learning as well as how teachers are teaching.
Cons: Can create an environment of "teaching to the test". Also creates pressure to cheat on exams by students and teachers.
Test used to make important decisions about students or educators. Is an of learning because it is a reflection of acquired knowledge.
Examples: SAT, ACT, Keystones, any state mandated test.
Cons: Students may not try hard or will not understand the purpose/value of an assessment.
Pre-assessment to help the teacher understand where students strengths and weaknesses may be in an upcoming unit. Is a for learning assessment because teachers can adjust future lesson plans according to assessment results
Examples: Pre-test, "Are you ready?" Quiz,
Pros: Low pressure assessment for students to understand where they are in the learning process.
Cons: May not be treated as serious forms of assessment. Can also lead to too frequent assessments
Examples: Warm-up, weekly quizzes, exit ticket
Pros: Low pressure assessment mid unit to help correct mistakes before bigger assessments
Assessment before and during learning process to help teachers adapt lessons. Is a for learning assessment because it helps teachers improve lesson plans
Pros: Removes pressure from any singular assignment assessing student knowledge.
Cons: Creates more work for teacher and may not fully reflect student understanding
Assessment of student work over a period of time to show case learning and development. Is a for learning assessment because students can see their growth and find the gaps in their understanding.
Examples: Art Collections, Homework Folder, final project based on knowledge gained over course of the year
Pros: Get's students involved in decision process. Allows them to take more ownership of their work
Cons: May not allow for all knowledge to be demonstrated.
Assessment beyond a multiple choice test that allows for student collaboration and input into the final project.
Examples: Final project, open ended test questions
Pros: Students receive feedback from each other instead of teacher
Assessments where students grade each other's work based on teacher standards. Is a for learning assessment because it allows students to see where they are in the process compared to other students and ask/answer questions.
Examples: Pair Share, quiz trades
Cons: Student's may not be fully honest with each other
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