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“Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students” (Lopez, 2013, p.97).

Teacher's may think assessments are about them as a teacher, but formative assessments are made to help the students. These assessments are put in place to help the teachers know where the student is in their learning and to help the teacher plan lessons that will help the student. Summative assessments are still for the student to see how far they have come and what they have learned. A student can be proud of what they have accomplished.

Questions related to Assessments

  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).

How the Questions related to Assessments can help

The questions listed above can help teachers with their assessments. When thinking of the assessments I will use, I can reflect on these questions to see if the assessments are necessary and beneficial to the students. It will also remind me to ask questions about the assessments and make sure I know how to use them. By keeping these questions in mind, it can add thought and make sure you are doing what you should for your students in their learning.

Success and Failure of Assessments

I am not a teacher right now. But I will be a special education teacher in the future. I hope that I can include the students in the assessment process. It all depends on the level of development the child is at. I will always explain the assessment even if the child may not understand it. I will look for assessments that are appropriate for the individual student. If the student does not understand the assessment due to development, I will be sure to include the parents (either way the parents should know the assessment results and the reason for the assessments).


Lopez, D. (2013). No excuses university: How six exceptional systems are revolutionizing our
(2nd ed.) Turnaround Schools Publications.