But, you also value that to improve teaching and learning, Assessment insights can be critical. Being intentional and purposeful with assessments is just as important as being intentional with formative instruction. If we’re not intentional and purposeful, we’re “weighing the cows more than we’re feeding the cows.”
“ The use of online assessment tools is giving teachers a more fine-grained understanding of individual student’s skills, and assisting them to determine the necessary next steps to enable them to achieve their own learning goals. We are seeing more effective differentiation in the classroom as a result.” – Susan Mann
When you start letting assessments guide your teaching is when your students become successful!
* Whatever purpose you’ve for the assessment, its effectiveness shall be judged by the extent it would help the student learn and improve its performance and not just to audit.
* It should provide important and most useful information.
* Identify their areas of strength and weaknesses in the subject matter.
* Prepare them for the standard based statewide achievement tests.
* It should help you as a teacher plan an effective and targeted instruction in the content standards(academic).
* It should help you to tailor instructions and curriculum directly to individual student needs.
* It should not be an add-on to yourself but shall facilitate your work.
* There are many online learning tools which help to combat the tight budgets and teacher shortages and also offers a range of programs.
* It can be customized to fit each student’s or teacher’s need. Here, you can draw upon your expertise and experience in what to teach and how to teach it.
* Well it’s true that You shall not make plans in isolation.
* Encourage other teaching staff to work collaboratively in deciding on the type of assessments and time of assessments.
* Ask them also to bounce off ideas, learn from each other and develop their assessment skills.
* But you shall also plan it timely as it should not consume the actual assessment conducting time.
* If you’re using online assessment tools, The most important question you shall ask shall be –
* Can I add-on or minus the relevant or irrelevant content from the available assessment?
* This is something you must research before conducting an assessment as the former only can give better results for the latter and the latter only can answer whether to focus on former.
* The online learning tool you choose shall have both practice and assessment content.
* If you have an answer to the previous question, then you can actually look for a shorter assessment to save time for more practice and instructions.
I hope, this blog helps you find your best assessment and learning progression and also to decide when and how to use the best resources.