Have I Made Myself Clear?

Assessment & Grading

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Why do we need assessments and grades?

Assessments help us to see if our educational goals are being met.

  • Are you getting through to the students?
  • Which concepts are they having trouble with?
  • How are you going to revisit those concepts and make them clearer?

More on that here: http://www.edutopia.org/assessment-guide-importance << you know you want to click it!


These are quite helpful:

  • Keep grading consistent
  • Show expectations
  • Demonstrate skills to be gained
  • Opportunity for self-assessment

More on that here: http://www.edutopia.org/assessment-guide-rubrics << fascinating stuff!

Types of Assessment

Formative vs. Summative Assessments

Examples of Formative Assessment

  • Class discussion
  • Exit-slip
  • Pop quiz
  • On-the-spot performance

Examples of Summative Assessment

  • Standardized testing
  • Final Exam
  • Cumulative projects

Teacher-Made Tests

  • Multiple Choice
  • Matching
  • T/F
  • Fill-in
  • Essay
  • Oral

Tip: Write the test before teaching the material. You know your test better than anyone and can tailor it to your students' needs. It'll also prevent you from becoming that teacher that "never teaches half the stuff that was on the test"!

Standardized Tests

Used to test students knowledge compared to other students nationwide. Unfortunately, test scores and their implications can be misunderstood and students with less opportunities are penalized.

Norm-Referenced Tests

These compare a person's score to the scores of others who have taken the test.

Criterion-Referenced Tests

The results of these types of tests measure an individual's progress compared to the learning objective or standard (the criterion that needs to be met).

Do not let your grades define you

Letters are just letters...

Letter grades hardly tell us anything about any progress a student has made in learning the subject matter.

Think about it!

Have you ever received a high grade in a class or on a project and walked away still feeling like you hadn't learned a whole lot?

The Problem with Grades

Feel free to read the whole thing, but I chose it mostly for the first part "The Effects of Grading"

Do you agree with this?

Maybe we should get rid of grades for individual assignments and have students evaluate themselves at the end of a term??

In the end...

Some things to think about:

  • How can you use grades to help inform students rather than scare or punish them?
  • How will you use different forms of assessment to see how your students are doing?
  • How will you revisit the subject if you see an individual doesn't quite seem to get it? What if it's the majority of the class?

How will you know if you have made yourself clear?