Commitment in Assessment

Next Generation Learning Academy: Written by: Director Jake

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“Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your children."

As a director of Next Generation Learning Academy, it is imperative that I understand the goals, objectives, and benefits of assessments. Assessments are not used to label a child. Assessments are used to understand and practice responsible outcomes for each child in the development of learning goals, curriculum, and effective teaching strategies that influence a child's learning and development. Assessments will help me collaborate with my team of educators so that we can work together to implement guidelines, materials, and instructional approaches that are developmentally appropriate for the child. As educators, we need to meet the child where they are in their stage of development while helping each child reach their achievable or challenging learning goals.
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Implementing Effective Assessment Practices:

  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,p.98)?

The four questions will be used to hold Next Generation Learning Academy accountable in the effectiveness of the program and environment. The questions will lead as a guide to ensure:

* Learning is supported

* Identify children's strengths and weaknesses or children who are struggling with learning

* Evaluate the curriculum and program- Make the modifications needed to ensure the program is committed to excellence in learning and development and that the program enhances the child's potential.

No single assessment will disclose everything I need to know about a child. The information that is gathered through the various assessments will enhance positive learning experiences for children and help me be an advocate for children's learning.

The questions will help me: Stop, Think, Observe, and Plan so that I can have a child's best interest in mind.
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I have Failed as a Director:

I have failed in engaging children as a partner in assessments. I have been so focused on what a child should know instead of what a child is doing. I need to realize that children learn in ways that are best for them. As an educator, I was focused on what learning standards needed to be met and had deadlines of when they were going to be achieved. As an educator, I am going to take time and build a partnership with each child so that we can reflect on the concepts and skills that are being emphasized in class. I am going to promote effective learning assessment by providing children with positive reinforcement or important feedback on their learning progress so that we can identify learning problems. When problems are identified then, I can work with the child so that they can begin to learn the skill or concept while working at his or her own pace to achieve their learning goal or objective.

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Lopez, D. (2013). No Excuses University: How six exceptional systems are revolutionizing

our Schools (2nd ed.). Turnaround School Publications.