3 Ways To Achieve a Positive Culture of Assessment

Education Technology Insights | Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Earlier, assessments were considered as scary evaluations. Now the perception is changing, and it is clear that creating a positive culture of assessment can lead the teaching-learning process to succeed.

FREMONT, CA: Assessments were considered scary evaluations in the past. Now the changing perspective on assessments can take them from a time-consuming necessity to a useful resource to provide pathways to a better future in academics. If both the teachers and students start believing that assessments are like roadmaps for successful learning, then it will become a win-win situation for both. Building a positive culture of assessment is the key to success for both students and teachers.

Here are three common traits which can make assessment process successful in an educational institution:

1. A broad definition of assessment

The word ‘assessment’ cannot replace the word ‘test’ or ‘grade.’ If the overall meaning of an assessment will be improved, teachers will get a complete sense of what a  student has learned and where improvement is required. These don’t need to be limited to check-points, benchmarking, or end-of-level tests, and not all assessments factor into a student’s grade book. An assessment allows a student to demonstrate what they know and don’t know.

2. Teachers and students don’t fear assessments

Sometimes students become afraid to take evaluations either. Often, students fall into the trap of seeing every assessment as a grade that tells them how well they’ve prepared or how “smart” they are. Evaluations are opportunities for growth and challenge, rather than a harbinger of doom and gloom.

Teachers should have an understanding that no matter where students are in their learning process, the results of assessments are tools to guide further instruction and evaluate the efficacy of their teaching. The ultimate goal is to refine programs to best benefit the students and meet them where they are.

3. Real-time data are leveraged to address student needs

ITS model has become a standard tool to Identify student levels of understanding. It is better if teachers and students see evaluations as a tool for constructive feedback on all levels. First, find the students that have room for improvement and target their weak spots for extra attention. Then, take the critical step of understanding how you can improve instruction as a teacher.

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