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Assessment has more to do with helping students grow than with cataloging their mistakes. --- Carol Ann Tomlinson



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Assessment has more to do with helping students grow than with cataloging their mistakes. --- Carol Ann Tomlinson

Two Views of Assessment --

  • Assessment is for:
  • Gatekeeping
  • Judging
  • Right Answers
  • Control
  • Comparison to others
  • Use with single activities
  • Assessment is for:
  • Nurturing
  • Guiding
  • Self-Reflection
  • Information
  • Comparison to task
  • Use over multiple activities
  • What Can Be Assessed?
  • Generate a list of ideas of what is typically assessed in a classroom. Are there other things that could or should be assessed?

Use Pre-, Formative and Summative Assessments

  • Pre and Formative Assessment (Assessment FOR Learning)
  • Assessment occurring before and during the process of a unit or a course. During the formation of a concept or item. Answers question: How are students doing? What are they learning? What misconceptions do they have?
  • Quiz, teacher observations, mid-unit test, one-minute essay
  • Gives feedback to either the teacher or student (or both) on what revisions to make to teaching or to student work.
  • Summative Assessment
  • (Assessment OF Learning)
  • The assessment done at the end of a unit, course, grade level. Provides a final summation of learning.
  • End of chapter, final exam, final draft of writing portfolio, senior exhibition.
  • The adding-up or summary stage. Summarizes the learning for both the teacher and the student.
  • WHAT CAN BE ASSESSED?
  • Skills
  • Concepts
  • READINESS
  • INTEREST
  • LEARNING
  • PROFILE
  • Content
  • Knowledge
  • Interest Surveys
  • Interest Centers
  • Self-Selection
  • Areas of Strength
  • and Weakness
  • Work Preferences
  • Self Awareness
  • When Do You Assess?
  • Most teachers assess students at the
  • end of an instructional unit or sequence.
  • When assessment and instruction are
  • interwoven, both the students and the
  • teacher benefit. The next slide suggests
  • a diagnostic continuum for
  • ongoing assessment.
  • On-going Assessment: A Diagnostic Continuum
  • Preassessment
  • (Finding Out)
  • Formative Assessment
  • (Keeping Track & Checking -up)
  • Summative Assessment
  • (Making sure)
  • Feedback and Goal Setting
  • Pre-test
  • Graphing for Greatness
  • Inventory
  • KWL
  • Checklist
  • Observation
  • Self-evaluation
  • Questioning
  • Conference Exit Card
  • Peer evaluation Portfolio Check
  • 3-minute pause Quiz
  • Observation Journal Entry
  • Talkaround Self-evaluation
  • Questioning
  • Unit Test
  • Performance Task
  • Product/Exhibit
  • Demonstration
  • Portfolio Review
  • How Do You Assess?
  • Take a moment to list some ways you typically assess students in your classroom.

Preassessment Is...

  • Any method, strategy or process used to determine a
  • student’s current level of readiness or interest in order to
  • plan for appropriate instruction.
  • provides data to determine options for students
  • helps determine differences before planning
  • helps teacher design activities that are respectful and challenging
  • allows teachers to meet students where they are
  • identifies starting point for instruction
  • identifies learning gaps
  • makes efficient use of instructional time

Common Types of Readiness or Pre- Assessments

  • K-W-L Check
  • Pre-test
  • Skills Check
  • Misconception check
  • Writing samples or journal with prompt
  • Mind mapping (graphic organizer)
  • Checklist through observation, cruising
  • Student products and work samples
  • Interviews or oral defense
  • Draw what you know
  • Anticipation/reaction guide
  • Informal Q and A
  • Let's Take Look at Some Examples
  • Teacher prepared pretests KWL charts and other graphic organizers Writing prompts/samples Questioning Guess Box Picture Interpretation Prediction Teacher observation/checklists Student demonstrations and discussions Initiating activities Informational surveys/Questionnaires/Inventories Student interviews Student products and work samples Self-evaluations Portfolio analysis Game activities Show of hands to determine understanding
  • Drawing related to topic or content Standardized test information Anticipation journals

Your Turn!

  • Using your KUD list, begin to design a quick pre-assessment for your unit!
  • Try one!

Formative Assessment Is...

  • A process of accumulating information about a student’s
  • progress to help make instructional decisions that will
  • improve his/her understandings and achievement levels.
  • Depicts student’s life as a learner
  • used to make instructional adjustments
  • alerts the teacher about student misconceptions
  • “early warning signal”
  • allows students to build on previous experiences
  • provides regular feedback
  • provides evidence of progress
  • aligns with instructional/curricular outcomes


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