No Excuses University - Assessments

By: Lindsay Green EDU:650 Dr. Kimball

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"What is our reason for doing Assessments?“

Lopez contends, " I contend that it is because we have been victim to a frenzy in public education that has us delivering our tests as a judgment that tracks students instead of as a tool that assists their learning Lopez, D. (2013). This statement speaks volumes upon the idea many teachers have about assessments.

Lopez's quote-

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

This quote resonates for me as an educator who needs to embrace assessments so I may properly determine how to determine how my students learn.
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DEFENDING OUR ASSESSMENT PRACTICES

  1. Why are you participating in the assessments that you use with students?
  • For Declaration- Assessment systems must work the same way.
  • Assessment Grid- The way that we organize our exceptional systems.
  • Assessment Table of Contents- Defines each assessment and how it can be used.
  • Commitment to Involving Students- This not only supports our partnership with students, but also strengthens the collaborative efforts between our teams.
  • Standardizing Our Efforts- Ways that we would standardize when and how we delivered our assessments to students.


By participating we can use the components of the assessment plan for student and teacher success.

2. Can you share in explicit detail the value that you find in each assessment?

In each assessment, I find growth, understanding and knowledge.
For example- Our K.W.L chart addresses what students know, want to know, and what they've learned. This assessment helps foster an understanding of where I need to make adjustments to teach, what I need to teach them, and what they are already competent in.

3. Do you participate in assessments that you find no value in for students?

In each assessment -
  • I find value

4. Are you using an assessment you have no idea how to deliver, but are afraid to ask for help with?

I use a test called-
  • The A.S.Q- Ages and Stages Questionnaire, it helps develop benchmarks or goals to work on implementing for each child.
  • K.W.L- Know, Want to Know, Learn, offers the platform to really find out where changes re needed. Each assessment is easy to use.
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In what ways have you succeeded/failed to make students your partner in assessment?

Lopez, D. (2013) noted that "A leadership team on your site has to play a key role in its development." I feel I am succeeding in offering different forms of assessment to foster student leaning. I am partnering with students to help them achieve learning success, but i can use more insight from my leadership team to crate more ideas and assessments that will keep my students interested and engaged.