"Our mission as educators is to craft assessments that propel students to exhibit their genuine understanding and abilities. We now need to embrace innovative approaches to assessment design to ensure students' deep learning, critical thinking, personal growth, and responsible AI use."
*real world problem solving
*debate and Socratic seminars
In Rick Wormeli’s article Redos and Retakes Done Right, he states “allowing students to redo assignments and assessments is the best way to prepare them for adult life.”
According to Wormeli, many teachers feel that denying students opportunities to show their full potential after providing substantial results builds ‘moral fibre’. These teachers have the mindset that there should be rigid deadlines for assignments and that marks should be taken off for late submissions, and even give zeroes in some situations. Wormeli counters by claiming that “these practices have the opposite effect: They retard student achievement and maturation.”
In Kenaston School, specifically in math and the senior sciences, students have the opportunity to redo assessments in 2011-2012. Teachers have taken Wormeli’s guidelines into consideration, applying some of his recommendations. Kenaston teachers advise that by incorporating Wormeli’s ideas into practice, teachers can make redos fair for both the student and teacher.
This short but informative article looks at what students need to become Assessment Capable Learners.
"...the power of these three principles of authentic and meaningful assessment: 1) Competency-based 2) Clear Goals and Personal Application, 3) High Expectations and High Support."
"Giving students good feedback is crucial, but it can also be incredibly time-consuming. So we went straight to the source—experienced teachers—and identified some of the best advice we could find for striking the right balance between effective assessment and a reasonable workload."
This short video is excellent and provides 6 awesome tips for assessment!
Small changes to test prep — and the day of the big test — can reap huge rewards. Learn about these brain-friendly strategies that work.
Cognitive science — the study of thought, learning and mental organization — tells us a lot about getting students primed to succeed on tests.
This resource outlines some practices that can help as you approach tests — and even on the day of the test:
1. Use retrieval to lock learning in long-term.
2. Mix up question types with interleaving.
3. Instead of cramming, space out practice.
4. Happiness is powerful.
5. Time of day matters.
6. Soak up the sun.
7. Breaks are essential.
8. Get up and move, move, move.
This article examines the steps required to involve students in their assessment. This article aligns closely with the PeBL philosophy and involves students throughout the learning process.
This is a great little activity you can use with teachers or students to explain how to use a 4 point rubric using cupcakes!
Advanced mastery of provincial curricular outcomes; shows in-depth understanding and it able to apply knowledge and skills in new situations.
Solid mastery of provincial curricular outcomes; shows understanding and it able to apply knowledge and skills.
Adequate mastery of provincial curricular outcomes; shows some degree of understanding and needs to learn more to apply knowledge and skills.
Limited mastery of provincial curricular outcomes; shows minimal understanding and requires further support to learn the knowledge and skills needed.
Falls well below provincial curricula outcomes; shows no understanding and requires intensive support.
The following information has been created to assist SBA and teachers to understand the shift to the 4 point assessment scale, and reporting on Factors Affecting Student Achievement (FASA) and how they relate to 21st Century Competencies.
This excellent article from ASCD is written by Jay McTighe and Ken O'Connor explores seven assessment practices that will improve student learning.
This is a collection of excellent articles related to assessment best practices and using assessments as a tool to empower students.