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Reflecting on Assessment OF Learning

Assessment OF Learning (Growing Success, 2010)

The process of collecting and interpreting evidence for the purpose of summarizing learning at a given point in time, to make judgements about the quality of student learning on the basis of established criteria, and to assign a value to represent that quality.  The information gathered may be used to communicate the student’s achievement to parents, other teachers, students themselves, and others.  It occurs at or near the end of a cycle of learning.
Compare & contrast how you were evaluated as a student and how you would evaluate now.

Author:

Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board Vice-Principal

12 thoughts on “Reflecting on Assessment OF Learning

  1. In grade school it was letter grades, in high school it was numeric grades. In university it was back to letter grades. I will focus my evaluating on what is not necessarily right answers as much as creative thinking.

  2. – We don’t know the criteria for a Level 3 or 4 when we were students
    – Tell the students what you expect instead of having them guess what you want

  3. Looking back, I would say I was mostly either evaluated on everything or final evaluation.

    Today, I think it is important to focus on the progress the student has made from FOR-AS-OF assessment learning. Not some general expectation of the students but how far they have come.

  4. In grade 7 history, our teacher would give us “projects” that were only crossword puzzles and would say, “do your project.” No one taught us the skill of reading through the textbook first and then completing the projects. By saying “do your projects,” we thought we had to get right to work and fill in answers, so we starting looking through the index to find sections of the book we thought would give us the answers.

    I would certainly not teach this way now!

  5. In elementary and high school all of the grades that I had earned throughout the semester were used to determine my grade. This new approach to evaluating student learning recognizes that student ability increases throughout the semester and unit. It involves using students’ most consistent and current marks to determine their overall grade.

  6. I was never under the new curriculum and to be honest I really enjoyed receiving a numerical mark. I was a competitive person so marks meant a lot. In todays classroom, I’m not sure, I guess for boys they are still competitive and perhaps a numberical assessment like 80% would be better for them to remain competitive.

  7. I look back on elementary school and remember being forced to regurgitate information. One of the biggest things I have taken from the Faculty of Education is that sometimes the best thing you can do is ensure that children understand the concept. It doesn’t really matter at the end of the day whether an assessment consists of one question, or twelve questions. If learning is being facilitated, objectives are being achieved.

  8. When we were in school, we were marked on EVERYTHING. Now, as teachers, we evaluate our students near the end, once they have had lots of time to practice the specific learning goal.

  9. In school I was evaluated on all assignments that were given out as homework. Now judging from my practicum we just use that homework as practice and the extra practice which teachers give out every 3/4 days are what is marked for assessment of learning.

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