Assessment for the Student-Centered Environment How do we gauge student progress towards understanding?
What is the purpose of assessment? • To ascertain the effectiveness of the instruction • To determine if students mastered learning objectives • To determine the extent of mastery (grades) • To reinforce learning • To prepare students for real-life assessments • Provides useful feedback for the student Video Resources
Let’s Take a Test The Sport of Cricket
Please read the piece below The batsmen were merciless against the bowlers. The bowlers placed their men in slips and covers. But to no avail. The batsmen hit one four after another with an occasional six. Not once did a ball look like it would hit their stumps or be caught.
Answer the following questions • The men were at bat against the ___. • The bowlers placed their men in ___ and ___. • The batsmen hit a lot of ___ and an occasional ___. • The ball never hit the ____. • No ball was ___.
How does this assessment rate? • Does it ascertain the effectiveness of the instruction? • Does it determine if students mastered learning objectives? • Could it determine the extent of mastery (grades)? • Does it reinforce learning? • Does it prepare students for real-life assessments? • Does it provide useful feedback?
An Overview of Assessment Approaches • Traditional Testing • Select Response • Open-Ended Response • Product Assessment • Performance Assessment
What Makes an Assessment “Authentic”? • As close to real-life assessment as possible • Requires students to demonstrate a specified behavior or skill • Must be multi-faceted • Related to well-communicated expectations
The Bottom Line: Backwards Approach Clear Objectives Aligned Assessment = + Effective Teaching