By: Asia Walters

“Assessment is not about you as a teacher"

I agree with Lopez a lot of teachers are giving students so many assessments that there is no explanation of what is being measured or how it will help the student in the long run. Assessments are used to identify individual student weaknesses and strengths so that educators can provide academic support. With all this being said, my mindset have been validated. Educators must make sure they are doing whats best for their students and not just teaching the test.

"Defending our Assessment Practices"

  1. Why are you participating in the assessments that you use with students?
  2. Can you share in explicit detail the value that you find in each assessment?
  3. Do you participate in assessments that you find no value in for students?
  4. Are you using an assessment you have no idea how to deliver, but are afraid to ask for help with?

I would complete assessments to make sure my students are understanding what I am teaching. I also would have assessments for myself just in case I may have to reteach something different. It helps me reflect back on my lessons that I taught. Assessments are powerful tools that can help guide a teachers classroom, engage students in taking responsibilities for their learning, carry the weight of a grade as long as its done fairly. (Newman, 2013) I believe if a child is not actively engaged in the assessment then you will find no value in the students. If there is no purpose for an assessment, then an assessment should not be given. I'm not in a classroom so I'm not using an assessment that I no idea to deliver.

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What ways have you succeeded/failed to make students your partner in assessment?

In my current position I do not assess students. In the near future, I will be successful in making my students partners in assessment by making it clear to them on why I'm assessing them on and when will be assessing. I will allow them to express their concerns and making sure they are actively engaged in the assessment process.