Assessment

Assessment isn’t about data, it’s about using that data to revise and refine planned instruction. The best assessment will accurately and vividly demonstrate what students do and don’t understand and will help us shift from asking, ‘How did the student do on the test?’ to ‘How did the test do on the student’?

We might think less of assessments and more about a climate of assessment–one where it is invisible, ongoing, fluid, and informative. A ‘good’ assessment is ideally not just ‘not intimidating,’ but illuminating and inspiring and intellectually rewarding for both teachers and students.

Terry Heick
6 Common Misunderstandings About Assessment
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6 Common Misunderstandings About Assessment

By October 14, 2021
One misunderstanding about assessment of learning? That it’s a one-way communication: the teacher provides feedback and students listen.
10 Tips For Creating More Effective Multiple-Choice Questions
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10 Tips For Creating More Effective Multiple-Choice Questions

By October 5, 2021
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From Creativity To Assessment, A Checklist For Teachers Today
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From Creativity To Assessment, A Checklist For Teachers Today

By October 19, 2021
“A range of guests is invited into our classroom (virtually) to broaden our knowledge and global perspective.”
60 Non-Threatening Formative Assessment Techniques
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60 Non-Threatening Formative Assessment Techniques

By October 6, 2021
As frequently as a chef needs to check a sauce for taste, teachers should check for understanding.
The 6 Facets Of Understanding: A Definition For Teachers
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The 6 Facets Of Understanding: A Definition For Teachers

By October 7, 2021
The 6 Facets of Understanding is a non-hierarchical framework for understanding. These ‘facets’ are useful as indicators of understanding.
20 Ways To Improve Your Next Assessment
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20 Ways To Improve Your Next Assessment

By October 5, 2021
It might be your assessment is strongly aligned with standards and the questions are clear but may simply be too long or given at the wrong time.
A 3-Dimensional Model Of Bloom’s Taxonomy
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A 3-Dimensional Model Of Bloom’s Taxonomy

By October 5, 2021
Each colored block has an example of a learning objective corresponding with each combination of the cognitive process and knowledge dimensions.
5 Out-Of-The Box Assessment Strategies Every Teacher Should Know
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5 Out-Of-The Box Assessment Strategies Every Teacher Should Know

By October 9, 2021
Students need access to lower-level information to then use in the higher-level thinking that requires them to synthesize disparate facts and perspectives.
10 Of The Best Grading Apps For Teachers
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10 Of The Best Grading Apps For Teachers

By October 31, 2021
With the right application–and expectations–grading and grade book apps can be a useful tool for busy teachers.
10 Tips For Creating More Effective Multiple-Choice Questions
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10 Tips For Creating More Effective Multiple-Choice Questions

By November 15, 2021
Does the item require a passage or graphic? Does it provide all students with the best opportunity to ‘show what they know’?
How Single-Point Rubrics Can Improve The Quality Of Student Work
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How Single-Point Rubrics Can Improve The Quality Of Student Work

By October 20, 2021
With single-point rubrics, the focus is on providing evidence of meeting, exceeding, or falling short of the quality you’re looking for.
Assessment Trends In Education: A Vision For Assessing Today’s Students
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Assessment Trends In Education: A Vision For Assessing Today’s Students

By October 11, 2021
Teachers have moved from the question of “Should I use technology?” to “How can I integrate technology best, enhancing the learning experience without hijacking it?”