No Excuses University

Tamica Salim Week 5

Share your perspective on Lopez’s quote and statement above. Describe how your mindset has changed or been validated.

My mindset has not changed much at all, if anything it has only enhanced my views towards assessments. According to our text, Assessment refers to the process used to determine in measurable terms, the knowledge skills, attitudes, and beliefs of the learner. (Poehner,2007). As well Our author states, "Assessments is not about the teacher, it’s about the student. Leadership teams play a key role in creating an exceptional system for assessment. Educators at all levels must fight through bureaucracy in an effort to be explicitly practical in the area of assessments (Lopez, 2013). "Assessments are very important to our classroom. I think that other tools should also be used as well in conjunction with assessments. Especially when we are using the state wide testing to assess how much information a child knows. This might not always be a accurate from of assessment due to the fact not all children are not good at taking test. I had a battle with that myself going through school and having trouble when it came to taking tests. Not all children are great with it and testing children is not always an accurate form of measuring what a child has gained though out the year.

Consider the 4 questions Lopez lists under “Defending our Assessment Practices” (p.98). How might you use these questions in your current or anticipated practice?

1. Why are you participating in the assessment that you use with students?

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

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

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

According to our author, in todays classroom "assessments must play a central role in shaping teaching ad learning and actively engaging students in their own learning process (Newman, 2013)." Assessments play a critical part of our classroom. Without assessments as educators we will not know exactly the information that our students learning. At lets learn inc we use assessments in our everyday classroom both formal and informal assessments. Even the parents are using assessments at home to judge their children progress. Assessments are an important element to the classroom. Many prospective parents utilize the data that is generated online to determine what school they will enroll their children in. Many parents want to choose the schools that has high test scores and great instructors. It is a race to get your child enrolled in the top performing schools and schools districts. "In fact, students and parent are expected to be able to use many assessments given in the classroom to understand the next steps in the learning process. At the state and national levels, high-stakes assessments provide data that are used to make decisions on a range of issues. In addition to using data to decide which schools may receive rewards or penalties bases on test results, realtors and business tout the desirability of neighborhood based on local school assessments results. People move to neighborhoods bases on test scores. Simply put, in today’s information age, assessments provide more than just data for a point in time, but serve as actionable information for individuals from students to teachers, administrators and community stakeholders (Newman,2013)."

What value might it add to your practice by keeping these questions in mind? It adds great value because it will give the children the knowledge that they will need to succed. When children are confident about learning they will automatically become more successful.

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

At Lets Learn Inc. I have always given my children a voice in the classroom. We believe including our children into our planning process. I think by allowing our children to partner in our assessments it is a win win for everyone. For the students as well as the teachers. Part of our great success is because we include our children into the process. Our students, teachers and parents work hand and hand together.