A New Formula for Assessment, Accountability, and Learning
JUNE 8, 2016
Curriculum Embedded Performance Assessment Should Lie at the Center of Teaching, Learning, and Accountability Yesterday we began exploring the white paper, “Re-Balancing Assessment: Placing Formative. Assessment _ Miscellaneous Tools and Topics assessment alternatives in education better assessment in education cepa assessment curriculum embedded performance assessment
Why Formative Assessments Matter
JUNE 4, 2014
At the end of the week was the big assessment. Some got an answer here or there but for the most part, there were no bright spots from this assessment. Formative assessments changed my classroom. Had I used some kind of formative assessment I wouldn''t have needed the summative at end, nor would my students have gotten to the point of utter confusion. Simple!
What Makes a Good Assessment?
JULY 7, 2016
Assessment strategies that show what students have REALLY learned From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Assessments should cover what is taught and address important learning goals. Thomas Guskey reflects today on what makes a good assessment. This is a must listen for any educator working with assessment. tguskey.
“Common Assessments” vs “Common Understandings”
The Principal of Change
FEBRUARY 16, 2017
In a recent discussion, I was asked about “common assessments” in a classroom. The thought here is that no matter what classroom you were in, the assessments would look the same. ” So here is where I struggle with this concept of “common assessments” If teacher A does not work with classroom B, do they know the students in that room?
10 Things You Don’t Know About Formative Assessment
Brilliant or Insane
JUNE 15, 2015
Brilliant or Insane Assessments come in varied forms, and they’re executed for different purposes. While summative assessments attempt to measure mastery at the end of a learning experience, the best formative assessments illuminate the strengths and needs of learners throughout the experience, enabling teachers to respond in ways that are just right and just in time. Ready to ramp up your […] The post 10 Things You Don’t Know About Formative Assessment appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Assessment formative assessment
Learning with 'e's
JANUARY 14, 2016
In my previous post Learning from each other I discussed the idea of peer learning, where children are encouraged to teach each other. While exploring peer learning I also raised the question of peer assessment, and wondered whether some teachers might think this would be a bridge too far. Peer assessment is clearly a more complex proposition than peer learning.
Moving past summative vs. formative assessments
The Christensen Institute
MAY 28, 2015
In addition, in having to consider a multitude of ancillary issues such as integrating adaptive learning technologies, creating e-portfolios, building repositories of content, and reimagining staffing models, many learning providers find themselves dealing with assessments as more of an afterthought. But assessments are the crux of a competency-based approach. But this isn’t simply a matter of focusing on formative assessments instead of summative. In education, we call it “summative assessment.”. I coauthored this blog with Michelle R.
When will assessments finally test deeper learning?
MARCH 30, 2016
When we imagine the future of assessment it’s easy to envision all sorts of impressive ways to help gauge what students know and what they can do. But the major focus of assessment technology in recent years, of course, has been on efficiency of test delivery and administration—with little true innovation making it to students’ test booklets or computer screens. Can testing keep up?
6 tools for real formative assessment
JUNE 28, 2016
Delivering formative assessments is made easier with classroom technology tools. As education policy moves away from the much-maligned No Child Left Behind and toward new legislation focusing on learning outcomes, technology-enabled formative assessments are moving to the foreground as a way to gauge student learning in real time.
Beyond Exit Tickets: 11 Fresh Formative Assessment Strategies
Brilliant or Insane
JUNE 17, 2015
Brilliant or Insane Teachers who are eager to assess the development of critical content knowledge or skills during the learning experience often rely on exit tickets for quick perspective. This affords teachers the opportunity to see what learning is happening and even to what degree at a moment when they’re able to respond most effectively.
15 Ways to Deepen Your Formative Assessment Practice
Brilliant or Insane
JUNE 21, 2015
Brilliant or Insane Formative assessment is a process that takes place during the learning experience. I see formative assessment as the ultimate best practice, but I may be part of a small group of educators who feel this way. It’s not […] The post 15 Ways to Deepen Your Formative Assessment Practice appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.
Embracing Formative Assessments This School Year
AUGUST 2, 2016
I could reflect back on the previous year, examine what I had learned over the summer and plan for a better year coming up. One area of improvement still to this day I wish I could go back and improve even more was assessment. Mainly, embracing formative assessment. Delivering content to my students, assess at the end, remediate if necessary. What a difference that made.
The key to rigorous online assessments
The Christensen Institute
JUNE 12, 2015
Although online-learning software can be a powerful enabler of personalized learning, many educators struggle with what they see as learning software’s limited ability to provide rigorous assessment and feedback. I spoke recently with the principal of a charter middle school that is using blended learning and alternative staffing to try to develop a breakthrough personalized learning model. Currently, teacher-created assessments are by far the most common instruments for measuring students’ learning and providing feedback on a day-to-day basis.
Teachers share formative assessment strategies that work
OCTOBER 31, 2016
For some classrooms, the solution lies in formative assessments, which gauge their students’ understanding and personalize their lessons in real time. Here, two educators share how formative assessments are transforming their students’ learning across the board. “Formative assessment is an essential part of teaching because it helps guide instruction.
7 Assessment Tips and Tools to Know What Your Students Are Really Learning
AUGUST 10, 2015
Assessment coach Garnett Hillman helps us understand how our assessments need to change. (We We might even learn that we don’t have to grade so much and get better results.) We learn the tools and tips to help us with assessments. What are the most common mistakes teachers make when assessing students? Assessment Every Classroom Matters Podcast
Top Tips, Tools and Techniques for Easy Formative Assessment
SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
Formative assessment is the answer. Formative assessment can supercharge your classroom learning. Technology can make formative assessment easier for you. Formative assessment gives us the ability to quiz every single student in the class. Every teacher should have one or two formative assessment tools that are part of their lesson flow. Lesson flow. Meow!
Formative Assessments Are Easier Than You Think!
JANUARY 21, 2013
When I was teaching science one of the best lessons I learned was about formative assessment. Deliver content to my students, assess at the end, remediate if necessary. Either way it gave valuable insight to how the students were learning but also could help shape the lesson for the next day. Here are a few sites and apps to help with formative assessments.
Top Tips for Fast Formative Assessment that Works
OCTOBER 19, 2016
That’s because, formative assessment is in my toolkit and I’m empowered to poll the whole class with a click. Formative assessment is here. Different from summative assessment, the goal of formative assessment is to know what they know as knowledge is forming in their minds. Equally important, the point of formative assessment is NOT to take another grade.
10 Creative Pre-assessment Ideas You May Not Know
Brilliant or Insane
APRIL 26, 2015
Pre-assessment is a powerful instructional tool. Conducted prior to new learning experiences, the process empowers students as much as it empowers teachers. I became acquainted with pre-assessment during the early years as a classroom teacher. The post 10 Creative Pre-assessment Ideas You May Not Know appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Brilliant or Insane.
12 Great Formative Assessment Tools for Teachers
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
JUNE 7, 2016
June 7, 2016 Formative assessment is assessment for learning which is different from summative assessment that is assessment of learning. Formative assessmentThis graphic we shared a couple of years ago sums up the main.read more.
A Free, Downloadable ‘Assessment For Learning’ Prompt sheet.
JUNE 19, 2016
Assessment for Learning (AfL) is the process of finding out how much progress students have made in their learning and then planning next steps for them. You can freely download, share or print the PDF: Assessment For Learning . education afl assessment assessment for learning assessment strategies learning strategies teaching teaching tools
Formative Assessment with Plickers
NOVEMBER 22, 2014
Formative assessment helps teachers make data-informed decisions to plan for and/or adjust instructional activities, identify potential misconceptions, monitor the pace of instruction, etc. Getting started Click here to download as PDF Last thoughts Multiple choice and true/false responses provide limited data of learning and understanding. Print out a set of reusable cards.
The Other 21st Century Skills: Educator Self-Assessment
User Generated Education
JANUARY 16, 2015
This post provides links and resources about these skills as well as an educator self-assessment. This assessment contains questions to assist the educator in evaluating if and how s/he is facilitating these skills and attributes in the learning environment. Education 21st century skills disrupting education school reform social-emotional learning
20 Tools, Apps, & Tips for Engaging Assessment
Teacher Reboot Camp
OCTOBER 1, 2015
In my book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers , I encourage teachers to reflect on the way they assess their students for Goal 17: Re-evaluate Value. Assessment shouldn’t make students feel like quitting. Instead, assessment should help students celebrate the learning they’ve grasped and reflect on their journey achieving that learning. Formative assessment can help motivate students to continue their learning journeys and strive to learn more! Get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or Learning to Go. Bookmarks.
SMART Response 2 Formative Assessment Tool for Classrooms
Class Tech Tips
FEBRUARY 17, 2017
The folks at SMART Technologies have a special formative assessment tool to help teachers check for understanding as part of their Learning Suite. As a teacher… The post SMART Response 2 Formative Assessment Tool for Classrooms appeared first on Class Tech Tips. Assessment & LMS Chromebook iPad Apps iPad/Laptop Use iPhone Apps
Formative Assessment and Google Forms
SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
Formative assessment informs educators about student learning, and when done correctly , it also informs the students how to improve and move forward with their next goal. Final thoughts It took me a little time to learn how to use Google Forms because change takes time. 21st Century Learning Assessment Professional Development Loading. Loading.
7 ways to assess without testing
Learning with 'e's
MAY 7, 2016
Children don't learn any more or any better because of standardised testing, unless there is feedback on how they can improve. At a recent head teachers conference, one of the most astute comments was 'you can assess without testing.' There are many ways to assess, and here are seven: 1) Teacher assessment. Another method is teacher assessment is through observation.
3 Ways To Combat Recipe Learning
MARCH 11, 2017
The way I learned how to assign these projects what was from my teacher preparation program. Through trial and error I learned how to give these projects and grade them effectively for understanding. I hadn’t designed an effective summative assessment. And, I thought it would easily show me what they had learned. The key is they are done at the moment of learning.
Assessment Overhaul: Tools for Rethinking Assessment in the New Year!
JANUARY 4, 2017
Explore 4 Different Web Apps for Assessment in This AppEd Review Roundup! Assessment Free Tools & Resources iPads and Other Tablet Devices iPhones and Smartphones Mobile Learning Resources assessment web apps highly rates assessment apps rubric assessed apps web based assessment apps toolsHappy New Year and welcome to our first RoundUp of 2017.
The Inconvenient Truths About Assessment
TeachThought - Learn better.
MARCH 9, 2015
The Inconvenient Truths About Assessment. In terms of pedagogy, the primary purpose of an assessment is to provide data to revise planned instruction. It’s an extraordinary amount of work to design precise and personalized assessments that illuminate pathways forward for individual students–likely too much for one teacher to do so consistently for every student.
6 Common Misconceptions About Cognitive Assessments (and why Technology-Enabled Assessments Offer a Practical Solution)
SEPTEMBER 22, 2015
Efficiently Measure Student’s Cognitive Strengths and Weaknesses and use This Information to Enable More Effective Teaching and Learning Despite all the talk about technology revolutionizing. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].
The Assessment Range: Using Data To Meaningfully Affect Learning
TeachThought - Learn better.
APRIL 13, 2015
The Assessment Range: Using Data In The Classroom To Meaningfully Affect Learning. If you don’t already have a plan for the data before giving the assessment, you’re already behind. Among the challenges of assessment, this concept–as it applies to formal academic classrooms designed to promote mastery of Common Core or similar standards–is near the top.
Competing Pressures Squeeze, Shake K-12 Assessment Landscape
MARCH 9, 2016
The testing world is being gripped by two overriding, and often competing forces: the continued reliance on big, high-stakes assessments for accountability purposes, and the rise of more sophisticated, nimble, and smaller-scale digital assessments, largely at the classroom level. People want a number,” he said, adding that “America leads the way in this kind of assessment.
Using Assessment to Create Student-Centered Learning
SEPTEMBER 2, 2015
Andrew Miller Formative Assessment There's more to assessment than test scores. By assessing students' passions, learning styles, success skills, and levels of rigor, teachers can create a student-centered classroom
Why you should stop testing and start assessing
APRIL 19, 2015
I teach graduate level courses about educational technology, such as Online Tools for Teaching and Learning. My goal has always been to design courses that capture the interest of the students and inspire them to take charge of their learning. I just don’t think that tests can capture my students’ true learning experiences. Don’t get me wrong, I still assess learning.
How Should Learning Be Assessed?
MARCH 16, 2015
Amidst the outcry against standardized testing, professor Yong Zhao encourages taking a moment to re-examine other ways to assess student learning. [[ This is a content summary only. Big Ideas assessment featured full-image Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].
The AfL truth about assessment
Learning with 'e's
OCTOBER 22, 2014
This entire week for me seems to have revolved around assessment. I have either been grading assignments, setting assignments or thinking about assessment (I''m speaking at an event on assessment in London later this week). There was even a live #edenchat on Twitter this week about e-assessment, which is archived here. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e''s.