Who Does it Benefit?

“Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students” (Lopez, 2013, p.97).

Assessment needs to be completed continuously throughout each lesson and objective. Assessment allows for the teacher to see if the students are mastering the content. I believe that assessment is for the students and the teacher. Assessment helps students learn, improve, and grow. Assessment also is important for the teacher. Assessment allows for the teacher to see if their teaching style is working, or not working. Only by assessment can a teacher see if the students are mastering the content. If the class is not mastering the content then the teacher can change their teaching style to better suit the students needs and learning styles so that they can master the content. Assessment is about the students, but it is important for the teachers to use assessment in order to insure each student is getting the same quality education and is able to master the content presented.
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Defending our Assessment Practices

Lopez (2013) asks 4 questions:

  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? (p.98)

These questions can help a teacher understand the importance of assessment. Teachers need to under why assessment is important and what role they play in assessment. They need to be able to share assessment results with the students for immediate feedback, and also with parents. By using assessments properly teachers can show exactly what and where students are struggling or succeeding and use that data to help their students. Every student has a unique learning style and through assessment, teachers are able to see what teaching styles are working and which are not. It also allows for the teacher to make changes to the curriculum in order to help each student master the content.Teachers need to be aware of how to properly use assessment tools so that they are assessing the students properly. If they are not using the assessment in the right way then it will not benefit the students or the teacher in any way.

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Partners in Assessment

I do not work in a classroom. I hope that when I do have my own classroom I plan to have students take a key role in their assessments. In order to do this I want the students to learn how to assess themselves, but also assess me so I am able to change what needs to be so that each student is able to master the content. With assessment I believe that it needs to be continuous, there needs to be both formative and summative assessments, assessments need to be written into the curriculum, immediate feedback needs to be given to students, and I need to have students assess myself so that if changes need to be made they can be. I want all my students to succeed and master the content presented. In order to do this assessment has to play a key role in the classroom.
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