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Assess Strategy Presentation

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Brooke Reddick

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Assessment Strategies Purpose of Formal and Informal Assessments Assessment Techniques Assessment Techniques Purpose of Formal and Informal Assessments
Speaker Notes Comprehensive Assessment Team B Angela Baham, Jordan Bassham, Geneva Hauser Shanqueta King, Brooke Reddick &
Michael Sermabekian Formal assessments are data driven. These tests are often referred to as standardized tests. Often, they have been previously used with other students of similar ability level. Results can be compared to all students that took the test. Results are reported in percentiles or standard scores.

Informal assessments are not data driven. Instead, they are based on the students understanding of newly introduced content. Examples may include peer teaching, a quiz, or observations. Informal assessments allow teachers to see how much knowledge the student has actually retained during instruction. The teacher make observations and decides if the student has an adequate understanding of a topic to determine if the class is ready to proceed with the lesson. If the results of an informal assessment prove to be inadequate, a teacher can then readdress sections of the lesson that require further clarification. Relationship Between Assessment
and Instruction Assessment Tools Authentic assessments can be used in a variety of ways. Edutopia provides an excellent example. The teacher has students apply the slope formula to the steps of the school staircase to check if the stairs were in compliance with New York City building codes. Because students are able to apply real live scenarios to assessment, students are more likely to be engaged and active during the activity.

(Edutopia, Comprehensive Assessment: A new york city success story, Video, 2008)

Teachers can create a plethora of options to allow students to use real world scenarios. For example a teacher may direct students to examine a situation from the point of view of a math or science professional students will gain a deeper understanding of the topic. Each student could then have the opportunity to interview his or her peers. Assessment Techniques
Speaker's Notes Students can utilize role playing to become an active part of site planning in groups. By working together students will gain real world experience. The assessments utilized to measure comprehension provide teachers with an idea of what the student is understanding. The teachers have become more effective in providing students with more real-world experiences by having them move from a standard test to more hands on group work.
This form of assessment is more involved and time consuming but is truly beneficial because of the results that it yields. Teachers are able to determine the students concrete thinking and critical thinking abilities through comprehensive assessments. Through the process of assessment the teacher will learn how to better assist students in areas that students have not yet mastered by altering lesson plans and teaching strategies.

(Edutopia. Introduction to comprehension Video, 2008) Assessment Techniques
Speaker's Notes "Asking students to demonstrate their understanding of the subject matter is critical to the learning process; it is essential to evaluate whether the educational goals and standards of the lessons are being met" (Edutopia, 2008, sect. 3). Relationship Between
Assessment and
Speaker's Notes Assessment Tools
Speaker's Notes Provides diagnostic feedback
Checks the students' knowledge base
Determines each student's performance base
Establishes the guideline of what material must be taught
Implements which instructional strategy best suits the students'

Helps educators set standards
Assessment results demonstrates understanding
Assessment performance demonstrates knowledge
Assessment scores determines mastery

Evaluates progress
Checks for students' understanding
Determines which teaching methods or approaches are most effective
Provides teachers with the information necessary to implement
changes & modifications to a lesson to suit the needs of the students

Relates to a student's progress
Focuses on what the students learned
Demonstrates the students' ability to implement the new skills in
other projects
Determines if the student is capable of conveying the newly acquired

Motivates performance
Teachers are able to recognize what techniques capture the students' interests
Discovers What the students want to learn more about
Collects data from assessments and observations to determine which direction the class should go next. "Assessment is an integral part of instruction, as it determines whether or not the goals of education are being met. Assessment affects decisions about grades, placement, advancement, instructional needs, and curriculum" (Edutopia, 2008, sect. 1). Assessments inspire teachers to promote a better learning environment through examining how well students are learning. Different forms of assessments check to see if students are acquiring the information that they are supposed to be learning. Teachers are responsible for developing students’ analytical skills, critical thinking skills, activating prior knowledge, basic content understanding, problem solving abilities, and metacognition through activating higher-order thinking.

Teachers are required to make a connection between assessment and instruction. “Today's students need to know not only the basic reading and arithmetic skills, but also skills that will allow them to face a world that is continually changing. They must be able to think critically, to analyze, and to make inferences” (Edutopia, 2008, sect. 4). Since students are required to become independent learners, teachers must incorporate alternative assessment techniques to challenge students to think critically. Students must be evaluated continuously to provide the sufficient information to determine if students are receiving the proper form of instruction. Having the diagnostic feedback provided from assessments permits teachers to evaluate the students’ skill and knowledge base. "Today, we know learning requires that the learner engage in problem-solving to actively build mental models. Knowledge is attained not just by receiving information, but also by interpreting the information and relating it to the learner's knowledge base. What is important, and therefore should be assessed, is the learner's ability to organize, structure, and use information in context to solve complex problems" (Edutopia, 2008, sect. 5). (Edutopia, 2008) References Edutopia. (2008, July 15). Why is assessment important Retrieved from

http://www.edutopia.org/assessment-guide-importance Formal Assessment:
Tests overall achievement
Compares student performance with other students
Identifies the strengths & weakness of students

Informal Assessment:
Used to measure a student's performance
Used to provide direction for teachers
Ensures students are understanding new content Projects, models, and presentations permit students to implement higher order thinking through the use of critical thinking in math and science. These assessment tools allow the students to conduct further research on the topic allowing students to learn more about the topic. Presentations allow students to demonstrate their depth of knowledge about the topic. Teachers evaluate the information provided by the student. Tests or quizzes can be given throughout the lesson to check for understanding. The numerous tests and quizzes can be combined to create the summative assessment.

Teachers are also able to look at student mistakes and use the information as a form of an assessment. A teacher can provide the students with new questions that are directly correlated with the mistakes made earlier in the lesson. The students' response to the question demonstrates whether or not they have gained a better understanding of the topic. With all the assessment tools available, teachers are able to assess students in many different ways, making learning more interesting for teachers and students alike. Designed by the teacher to gauge the students' understanding of the material presented to them (Edutopia, 2008, Section 2).

Authentic assessments focus on permitting students to examine the lesson presented in a critical manner instead of other forms of assessments that only require the student to discover the correct answer. The purpose of an authentic assessment is to shift the focus from answering the problem correctly, to encouraging students to understand the process of solving a problem.

Authentic Assessments include
Observations - Students observe to gain an understanding of the process
Essays - Displays student knowledge through written assessment
Interviews - Spoken conversation in which student learns through questioning
Experiments - Students learn through discovery, research and trial and error Authentic Assessment Comprehensive Assessment are utilized to provide ongoing feedback to constantly improve teaching and learning on a daily and weekly basis
(Edutopia, Introduction to comprehension video).

Assessments include:
Essays: Provide the teacher with the students' overall comprehension of the subject matter.
Multiple Choice test: A traditional type of assessment that will show the teacher deductive reasoning of the students.
Experiments: Utilized to give the students a chance to explain their understanding.
Role-play: Students are able to experience other points of view

Benefits include:
Immediate feedback
Opportunity to alter teaching strategy
Promotes student accountability Edutopia. “An Introduction to Comprehension.” 25 September 2008.

Online video clip. Edutopia. Accessed on 26 October 2012.

http://www.edutopia.org/comprehensive-assessment-introduction-video. Projects and Models
Allow for more hands-on learning
Targeted towards students' abilities
Creativity allows for increased student interest

Allows students to demonstrate depth of knowledge

Research to explain given topic
Students are able to delve deeper into a topic
Allows students to create a point of view, use evidence and make connections

Are formative or summative
Check for student understanding
Can be administered during certain intervals of the lessons

Notes from Observations
A valuable tool used to assess students presentations, projects, and models

Evaluating Improvements
Students can learn from their mistakes
Teachers assess student understanding early in a lesson and adjusts lessons accordingly Edutopia. “Comprehensive assessment: A new york city success story ”

25 September 2008. Online video clip. Edutopia. Accessed on 26

October 2012. http://www.edutopia.org/stw-assessment
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