No Excuses University~ Assessment

Week 5 Discussion Question 1

Assessment and Student Success

Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students” (p.97) This is a powerful statement and it validates what I think about learning and assessing. To me it means that assessment should benefit your students not work against them. I believe when a child attends school they need to be taught the skills and knowledge that they can apply not only in the classroom but in the real world. Children come to school to learn and better themselves. It is my job to find out what their strengths and weaknesses are and help them to strengthen them. Cramming them with information and then testing them on how much they can remember really doesn't help them in the long run. I want my students to succeed in all that they do or try to accomplish.
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Effectively Using Assessment in the Classroom

The following four questions can be a go to guide for teachers inside my classroom.

Think about the following questions related to assessment:

  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? (Lopez 2013)


The four questions can be a reminder to my practice which can help teachers be more intentional when assessing students. I think it can help teachers to remember why they are in this profession in the first place. In order to create successful students I have to reflect on am I really using the correct assessment that will benefit all of my students. I have to focus on the why i'm doing it, how i'm doing it and will it help my students as well as me inside the classroom. The questions can help me to decide on the best assessment to use and how to properly use them. Also, I need to have a good understanding of the assessment I choose to use so I can give my students and parents a clear answer of what it is and why i'm using it. Furthermore, if I find myself using an assessment that has no value, I need to find a way to modify it to make better use of it. My goal is to use more effective assessments that will help with student success inside the classroom.

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

I work in the Early childhood field and some of the assessments used are ASQ's and DECA. My students are young and I communicate with my parents about the assessments used inside the classroom. The parents get result letters sent home. Areas that the child needs help in, we create activities/experiences to strengthen the areas. The test can be used to determine the child's strengths and weaknesses and how we can help them inside the classroom. Also, parents are encouraged to do activities at home to help with their child's development.