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Assessment

 

Case Study Birthday Moons Schedule

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What Assessment Is

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Putting Numbers on Performance

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Fitting Assessment with Instruction

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Assessment Tools  

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Tools for Record-Keeping

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Defining Goals

What should instruction accomplish?

Should students be memorizing multiplication facts or solving problems?

Or both?

Should they be conducting inquiries or studying codified scientific understanding?

Or both?

The answers to such questions should be the basis for assessment strategies.  

What Assessment Is

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Guideposts that help both teacher and student identify what has been learned and what areas need further work

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Part of a cycle that includes instruction and assessment, then evaluation and redesign of instruction

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Integral part of the teaching day, not just a report that appears every nine weeks.

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Reflection of the instruction's success AND student's progress

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Help teachers redirect their efforts to match students' strengths or weaknesses.

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Help students think about their own learning.

Fitting Assessment with Instruction

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Be sure assessment supports learning, match it with classroom experience.

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Textbook-based tests measure what the textbook has presented. They will not provide information about students' contributions to a  class discussion.

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If students spend their time working in groups, they should be assessed in a similar setting.

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Observe them as they interact, using criteria that define your expectations for success.

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Be sure they know your expectations before assessment occurs

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Single assessment indicates understanding at a particular moment.

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A collection of student work and the teacher's perceptions provides a reflection of the fluid, dynamic nature of learning.

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Assessment that occurs as teachers listen, observe, interact, and reflect provides a picture of student development over time.

Assessment Tools

Interviews

Observations

Questioning

Performance Tasks

Student Portfolios

 Tools for Record-Keeping

Students provide evidence of their understanding  explanations through:

Discussions

Projects

Questions

This evidence of student learning can be lost if there is no conscious effort to keep track.

Record-keeping and reporting strategies to capture other evidence of growth in understanding.

videos

checklists,

rubrics,

student portfolios

project evaluations

Teachers are engaged in observing students who are engaged in learning. Walking around the classroom with a clipboard and an observation sheet can be an effective way to keep track of student progress.

Putting Numbers on Performance

Single-answer questions are easy to score. Part of the power of standardized, single-answer tests is the solid, quantifiable numbers they produce.

How does a teacher quantify an open-ended class discussion?

What can be reported about the processes used in a math investigation?

Ways to organize and report what occurs in the classroom.

Rubrics are scoring guides that assign numerical values to achievement outcomes.

Positive Points

 

bulletDetermining a possible strategy to use
bulletSuccessfully communicating a strategy
bulletCorrectly applying a property
bulletRecognizing misused properties or arithmetic errors
bulletDrawing another person into discussion
bulletAsking a clarifying question
bulletMoving the discussion along

+3 points
+3 points
+2 points
+2 points
+2 points
+3 points
+1 point

Negative Points

 

bulletNot paying attention or distracting others
bulletInterrupting
bulletMaking an incorrect assumption
bulletMaking a personal attack

-2 points
-2 points
-2 points
-3 points

 

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