Assessing Children for the Future

Progression and Success

Why should we as educators assess our students progress?

The success of our students should be only underlying factor involved when we assess them. According to the text, “Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students” (p.97). He goes on to say that our reason for assessing students should be grounded in our commitment to use the information collected in a way that helps us generate greater success for our students (Lopez, 2013). As we have witnessed in recent events, teachers were taking monetary bribes and altering the scores of their students. In return they received pay raises and the students were left with results that did not depict their actual knowledge of the material taught and retained. This false assessing of our students can't be tolerated and we as teachers should put service before ourselves.

Protecting and Defending the Assessment Practices

There are four questions being considered when we evaluate our assessment practices:

- Why are you participating in the assessment practices that you use with students

- Can you share in explicit detail the value that you find in each assessment

- Do you participate in assessments that you find no value in for students
- Are you using an assessment that you have no idea how to deliver, but are afraid to ask for help?

These questions provide me with a foundation when I start engaging with students in my upcoming classroom. I have no prior experience but I do have family and friends who will assist me in applying these tools effectively. The students are the future and we should assess them in a manner providing the best possible means for success. I believe firmly in asking for help if my current practices are gaining the results expected. This could be due to my lack of knowledge in a particular field of assessment. The overall goal is to help each student with their varying learning styles achieve great success.

I feel I will have a great success rate and a strong support system when I have the opportunity to teach my students and then assess their progress.

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Lopez, D. (2013). No excuses university: How six exceptional systems are revolutionizing our schools (2nd ed.). Turnaround Schools Publications.