Assessment is a vital part of education. Teachers and parents use test scores to treat a student’s academic strengths and weaknesses, communities rely on these scores to judge the quality of their educational system.
Embracing technology and apps for assessment:
We know that the typical multiple-choice and short-answer tests aren’t the only way, or necessarily the best way, to gauge a student’s knowledge and abilities. Schools those are embracing technology learning through apps are conducting performance-based assessments into their standardized tests. Apps like GKlass helps in adding assessment vehicles such as student portfolios and presentations as additional measures of student understanding.
These rigorous, multiple forms of assessment require students to apply what they’re learning to real world tasks. These include standards-based projects and assignments that require students to apply their knowledge and skills, such as creative learning, e-games, maths quizzes and clearly defined rubrics (or criteria) to facilitate a fair and consistent evaluation of student work; and opportunities for students to benefit from the feedback of teachers and peers.
With these formative and summative types of assessment come the ability to give students immediate feedback. They also allow a teacher to immediately intervene, to change course when assessments show that a particular lesson or strategy isn’t working for a student, or to offer new challenges for students who’ve mastered a concept or skill.
Teachers need to move on from the standard way of tests:
Testing forms the bedrock of educational assessment and represents a commitment to high academic standards and school accountability. You can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you are. But when the financial and emotional stakes associated with standardized tests are disproportionately high, this laudable goal gets distorted. Teachers begin teaching to the test simply to raise scores, often at the expense of more meaningful learning activities.
Remember that, assessment is no longer done to students, but with them, putting the focus on the student and learning. Although students are awarded grades, they are rewarded through being at their best and coached through their challenges.How are you using assessment to empower students to own their learning?