Assessment and Evaluation

Math AQ

Growing Success

This one recurring sentence: "The primary purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning" (Growing Success, p. 6) brings a significant shift in our thinking about our relationships with students and their families.
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The Seven Fundamental Principles

To ensure that assessment, evaluation, and reporting are valid and reliable, and that they lead

to the improvement of learning for all students, teachers use practices and procedures that:

• are fair, transparent, and equitable for all students;

• support all students, including those with special education needs, those who are learning the

language of instruction (English or French), and those who are First Nation, Métis, or Inuit;

• are carefully planned to relate to the curriculum expectations and learning goals and, as much

as possible, to the interests, learning styles and preferences, needs, and experiences of all students;

• are communicated clearly to students and parents at the beginning of the school year or course

and at other appropriate points throughout the school year or course;

• are ongoing, varied in nature, and administered over a period of time to provide multiple

opportunities for students to demonstrate the full range of their learning;

• provide ongoing descriptive feedback that is clear, specific, meaningful, and timely to support

improved learning and achievement;

• develop students’ self-assessment skills to enable them to assess their own learning, set specific

goals, and plan next steps for their learning.

(Growing Success, p. 6)


Britain's Got Talent

What do you think the impact of feedback has been for this boy?
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Process Expectations

When we assess and evaluate, we consider these process expectations as a lens through which we see the overall and specific curriculum expectations. Problem Solving is the driver that makes everything move. Focussing our assessment on the expectation of Reasoning and Proving will help us to centre our listening and watching on student conjectures.
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Carol Ann Tomlinson: The Purpose of Assessment

Van De Walle on assessment...

“…the line between assessment and instruction should be blurred. Teaching with problems allows us to blur that line. Assessment need not look different from instruction.”

- Van de Walle, 2006