My Perspective on Assessments
My perspective on Lopez quote "assessments is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students", is that I am in total agreeance. Although assessments help teacher see how well the students understood the information that was taught, the main focus should be that our students understand and acknowledge the purpose of the assessment. Allowing students to understand what the assessment mean, how it work, and where they need to go in order to progress.
Why are you participating in the assessments that you use with students?
As a teacher I participate in assessments to better assist my students in the learning and success. The goal is to make sure that I evaluate my teaching style and how well the students receive the information that is being taught.
Can you share in explicit detail the value that you find in each assessment?
The value that I find in assessments, is that each assessment provide different ways to assess your students. It help you to see what students learned that day, how much they remembered from past teaching, and how much growth they have made from the beginning. The true value is that you are able to prepare your students all along from your formal assessments, benchmarks, and exams.
Do you participate in assessments that you find no value in for students?
No, if assessments do not give me true data on my students I do not participate in those assessments.
Are you using an assessment that you have no idea how to deliver, but are afraid to ask for help with?
Currently I am not using any assessments that I have not been trained to use for my students. I have had an experience where I needed to ask my supervisor to be present when I began an assessment on my students to ensure that I was assessing them the correct way. Personally I don't think you should ever be afraid to ask for help because it's not about the teacher, it's about the student and inaccurate data can mislead and is not considered true data.