Week 4 is an important week. We are to plan the assessment and evaluate how it meets the key requirements for effective assessments. We planned our assessments around the key requirements so they should line up well. After reviewing them I have made a sort of checklist from the data from “What Kids Can Do“. Here is that checklist.
Assessment is for students.
√ Has personal relevance for students (e.g., provides a tangible product they can use).
√ Students become more confident and articulate about what they know.
√ Students feel ownership over the process as well as the product of their work.
Assessment is faithful to the work students actually do.
√ Notebooks, works-in-progress, and routine presentations are basis of assessment.
√ Occasions for reflection and discussion are integrated into ongoing project work.
√ Students are assessed on what they know and do, not what they don’t.
Assessment is public.
√ Students’ goals are solicited and become part of those assessed.
-I will add that this area can be improved, we need to add some more specific goals.
√ Criteria for judgment remain visible and accessible to students from the beginning.
√ Performances are viewed and judged by a broad group of people.
Assessment promotes ongoing self-reflection and critical inquiry.
√ Teachers and students both speak of the qualities of good work, and how to attain it.
√ Standards used reflect those of adult practitioners in the field.
√ Categories and criteria of assessment remain open-ended, subject to challenge and revision.
Looking over the key principles of assessment I think we should add some more goal oriented activities for the students and this way more student input can be included. Overall, I think we are on track with the assessment!