role of assessment in classroom teaching
To chart student progress, Ms. K relies on several strategies and sources: observations, conversations, journal assignments, student work, and a final presentation. In research conducted by White and Frederiksen (1998) where students engaged in peer- and selfassessment strategies, traditionally low-attaining students demonstrated the most notable improvement. Ms. R brought in sixth graders to assist her third graders while they made instruments. Information she gathers from these conferences feeds into her decisions about allotment of work time, possible resource suggestions, and areas where she can identify additional learning opportunities. However, this can only be done in light of the teacher's beliefs about how best to help students to learn. When looking at work, it is important to ask critical questions, such as “For what does this provide evidence? The corresponding principle in classroom assessment is clear: Assessment is equitable and fair, supporting all students in their quest for high standards. Sometimes such reactions may be justified, but sometimes they are prejudgments that may be unfair to the student. (Teaching Quality Standard Ministerial Order, 1997) ” “What do they mean by this response?” “What other opportunities did the child have to demonstrate knowledge or skills?” “What future experience may help to promote further development? They see this subjectivity as a threat to the validity of the assessment. This conclusion is not based on experimental results, and it is only partially correct because aqueous liquids mixed with calcium chloride cause the heat. Also when designing and selecting assessment, a teacher should consider his or her personal style. Students occasionally can assist one another because they themselves may have overcome a similar difficulty. Formative assessment refers to assessments that provide information to students and teachers that is used to improve teaching and learning. For instance, Ms. K collects her assessment data from a variety of places, including discussions, conversations, conferences, observations, journals and written work, in addition to providing useful information, relying on a variety of sources and using a variety of formats so as not to privilege any one way of knowing. Also, you can type in a page number and press Enter to go directly to that page in the book. They would have only the following 2 weeks to make their instruments. Design experiments that will provide information to help determine which reactants are necessary to produce the heat in this reaction. At the end of the second week, Ms. R set aside 2 days for the students to reflect on what they had done individually and as a class. A purposeful and representative collection of student work that conveys a story of progress, achievement and/or effort. As the students began to talk in their groups, Ms. R added elements to the activity. We'd have to try mixing P.R. the development of important dispositions. The same principle can operate with just two students working cooperatively when one may have just figured out the desired response and can explain it to. In the first vignette, Ms. K is helping her students by painting the broad landscape so that they can see how their work fits into a wider context. In addition to class discussions, laboratory activities, and field trips, small groups of students are exploring various areas of particular interest and importance. Each student has an index card on which to write questions or request an opportunity to speak with the teacher rather than to interrupt. One group planned to build a guitar and designed a special shape for the sound box, but after the glued sides of their original box collapsed twice, the group decided to use the wooden box that someone had added to the supply table. The C.C. The journals prepared by Ms. K's students and the individual reflections of Ms. R's provided the teachers with an indication of their understanding of the scientific concepts they were working with, and thereby allowed them to gain new and different insights into their respective students' work. An array of strategies and forms of assessment to address the goals that the student and teacher have established allows students multiple opportunities to demonstrate their understandings. 1. Describe to the class the purpose (function) that the other parts of the instrument have. Share a link to this book page on your preferred social network or via email. Student understanding of the nature of technology will be revealed by the student's ability to reflect on why people make musical instruments —to improve the quality of life—as well as by their explanations of how they managed to make the instrument despite the constraints faced—that is, the ability to articulate why the conceptualization and design turned out to be different from the instrument actually made. Red symbolizes the student's view that he or she lacks understanding, green that he or she has confidence, and yellow that there appear to be some difficulties and the student is not sure about the quality of the response. This is a good hypothesis, but not a valid conclusion at this point. The elements of curriculum goals and methods of instruction come together, for part of the instructor's task is to frame subgoals that are effective in guiding progress towards curriculum goals. The K-4 physical science standard is supported by the fundamental understanding of the characteristics of sound, a form of energy. There is no one best assessment system for the classroom. This new reaction also produces heat, but Emily does not conclude that baking soda is unnecessary for the heat. Darling-Hammond (1994) comments, “if assessment is to be used to open up as many opportunities as possible to as many students as possible, it must address a wide range of talents, a variety of life experiences, and multiple ways of knowing” (p. 17). In this illustration, students are challenged to design and conduct two experiments to determine which of three reactants —baking soda, calcium chloride, and a phenol red solution (phenol red and water)—when mixed together produces heat. complex, pedagogical challenge is heightened because the goals that embody the standards and the related criteria need to be understood by all students. Finally, an assessment has instructional validity if the content matches what was actually taught. As another example, a planning session about future science projects in which the students work in small groups on different topic issues leads to a discussion about the criteria for judging the work quality. It stayed pink but it got really hot. Once they have clearly determined where they want to go, teachers and. Yet, conveying to students the standards and criteria for good work is one of the most difficult aspects of involving them in their own assessment. With the knowledge gained from assessment data, a teacher can make choices. Another group is examining water quality. As students conduct experiments, for example, the teacher circulates around the room and asks individuals about their findings, using the feedback to adjust lessons plans and take other actions to boost learning. Collaborative work had been the basis of most of the science inquiry the student had done; for this phase, Ms. R felt that the students should work together to discuss and share ideas, but she suggested that each student might want to have an instrument at the end to play and to take home. One of the goals of the Standards is for all students to become independent lifelong learners. Their responses, and the language they use to describe and explain observations and phenomena, suggest varying levels of understanding of the chemical and physical changes underlying the reactions. Any single assessment is not likely to be comprehensive enough to provide high-quality information in all the important areas so that a student or teacher can make use of the data. She also is able to note progress that occurs throughout the project, as well as from the last time she engaged in a similar activity with students. Assessment affects decisions about grades, placement, advancement, instructional needs, curriculum, and, in some cases, funding. Classroom assessment is both a teaching approach and a set of techniques. This introduces learning theory in addition to assessment, but in formative assessment these are very closely intertwined. They attend to the individual student, the small group, and the class as a whole. Teachers have little choice but to juggle the different purposes of assessment in effort to create some coherent system that can best satisfy the different, and often competing, assessment aims. Thus, criteria for selection and evaluation need to be made clear prior to selection. Context: Third-grade students have not completed a design project. 0001371321 00000 n use multiple methods and systematically gather data about student understanding and ability; analyze assessment data to guide teaching; use student data, observations of teaching, and interactions with colleagues to reflect on and improve teaching practice; and. �CU.a�a�E7?���J��S%�?��?�[�g���%�f��w�6u��7nG�\\��P�7� �π��y.�F�< The primary audiences for this chapter are classroom teachers and teacher educators. Although there is no one way to develop peer- and self-assessment habits in students, successful methods will involve students in all aspects of the assessment process, not solely the grading after an exercise is completed. One of her responsibilities is to help the students understand and share the goals, which will become progressively clearer to them as the inquiry progresses. By making explicit desirable features of assessment, these three critical questions provide a framework for achieving powerful classroom assessment. Ms. K's and Ms R's classrooms demonstrate the many ways assessment information can be obtained. Explain why people make musical instruments. In addition to making good use of the data, keeping good records of day-to-day assessments also is important for summative purposes. Kelly at first substitutes water for phenol red. It is important to keep in mind the guideline that says that assessments should match purpose. The volume discusses how classroom assessment differs from conventional testing and grading-and how it fits into the larger, comprehensive assessment system. One of the most common role a teacher plays in the classroom is to teach information to children. Form and content of assessment should be consistent with the intended purpose. Some people caution against complications associated with the multiple roles that teachers play in assessment, including that of both judge and jury. Involving students in their own and peer assessment also helps teachers share the responsibility of figuring out where each student is in relation to the goals or target and also in developing a useful plan to help students bridge the gap. Another starting point for these conversations could be a discussion about exemplary pieces of work, where students need to think about and share the characteristics of the piece of work that makes it “good.”. Each teacher needs to develop a system that works for him or her. In these same scenarios, teachers could also have integrated the use of additional written assessments—including selected response, short answer, essay, lab reports, homework problems, among others —into their teaching in ways that would generate rich assessment opportunities. This mixture has nothing to do with the production of heat. The close examination of student work also is invaluable, and teachers do it all the time. Many class questions or homework tasks are set in what are assumed to be realistic settings, often on the assumption that this will be more accessible than one set in abstract. Another is to select those occasions particularly rich in potential to teach something of importance about standards for high-quality work. Record their experiments, results, and conclusions using chemical notation as appropriate. She posed a question to the entire class: Having studied sound for almost 6 weeks, could they design and make musical instruments that would produce sounds for entertainment? Ms. R sent the students to work in their groups. She then chooses to mix calcium chloride and phenol red solution. Her observations of the reaction are perceptive, but she is unable to reach a conclusion. Furthermore, teachers cultivate this integrated view of teaching, learning, and continuous assessment among their students. It's possible that the P.R. The type of classroom assessment discussed in this chapter focuses upon the daily opportunities and interactions afforded to teachers and students for collecting information about student work and understandings, then uses that information to improve both teaching and learning. Most all teachers use this technique from time to time during class discussion when they encourage the entire group to help a student who clearly is having difficulty. The class had been studying DNA and had spent the class hour constructing a DNA model with colored paper representing different nucleotide bases. The specific system certainly can vary, depending on a teacher's experience and preferences in gathering such information. As a final effort, the class could prepare a concert for other third grades. However, she does not control variables in her next experiment, when she combines calcium chloride and water. ” and “What other types of data should I be looking for to help me make sense of this information?”. Lastly, assessments should be feasible. Teaching can be defined as engagement with learners to enable their understanding and application of knowledge, concepts and processes. Moss (1996) makes a case that reliability is not a necessity for classroom assessment. In helping teachers and students establish where students stand in relation to learning goals, assessment activities are not only useful during and at the end of a unit of teaching, they also can be valuable at the start of a piece of work. 0000002779 00000 n With close examination of the student work produced in this activity, teachers were able to gain insight into abilities, skills, and understandings on which they then could provide feedback to the student. Through such varied activities, the teachers in the vignettes are able to see how the students make sense of the data, the context into which they place the data, as well as the opportunity to evaluate and then assist the students on the ability to articulate their understandings and opinions in a written format or by incorporating understandings into a design. While technically the variables are controlled between this experiment and the original reaction—baking soda becomes the test variable—Kelly's conclusion is that water and calcium chloride, or phenol red and calcium chloride, cause the heat. Register for a free account to start saving and receiving special member only perks. reformed view of assessment, where assessment plays an integral role in teaching and learning. is really a solution with water so that's another reason why water is probably what's needed, along with C.C. All teachers face such issues as they respond to their students as individuals. Ready to take your reading offline? Roles of Assessment in Classroom Instruction. Another group was making drums of various sizes using some thick cardboard tubes and pieces of thin rubber roofing material. Teacher Roles: Most teachers take on a variety of roles within the classroom, which role do you think most defines your role in the ESL classroom? Painting the broad landscape for the entire class will give those who are struggling to find a broader context for their work and sustain their inquiries, so she decides to create an opportunity to do so. Box 3-5, Box 3-6, Box 3-7, Box 3-8 through Box 3-9 offer samples of this type of student work along with teacher commentary. Misunderstandings of the task or the context, misconceptions about the nature of the task, or difficulties with the language used, can be brought to light and dealt with, often by students helping one another. The form and content of assessment should be consistent with the intended purpose. The techniques are mostly simple, non-graded, anonymous, It is important to emphasize that assigning grades on a student' s work does not help them to grasp what it takes on their part to understand something more accurately or deeply. If a teacher really thinks in this way, it is highly probable that such an attitude will be conveyed, directly or indirectly, to the student. reinforce the information obtained by observing students as they engage in the activity or by talking with them. corollary for these students is that there is little point in trying or hoping for better. Click here to buy this book in print or download it as a free PDF, if available. 0000006214 00000 n This accompanying volume to the Standards focuses on a key kind of assessment: the evaluation that occurs regularly in the classroom, by the teacher and his or her students as interacting participants. The student is encouraged to take smaller steps toward learning a particular concept or skill. Thus the form that assessment takes is significant. However, these familiar aspects of assessment do not capture the full extent or subtlety of how assessment operates every day in the classroom. Assessment data should be “triangulated,” or drawn from multiple sources, to reduce the possible bias that may be introduced by any one particular method of obtaining and interpreting evidence. rather than CaCO3, within the context of an equation format to share what ingredients were combined and the results. An average student perfor-. Assessment Activity: Students demonstrate the products of their design work to their peers and reflect on what the project taught them about the nature of sound and the process of design. 0000001176 00000 n If assessment is to be used in classrooms to help students learn, it must be transformed in two fundamental ways. With rich assessment data, a teacher can begin to develop possible explanations about what the difficulties might be for the student. Teachers are given a curriculum they must follow that meets state guidelines and is often matched to assigned standardized tests. One responsibility of the teacher is to use meaningful learning experiences as meaningful assessment experiences. For student self- and peer-assessment to be incorporated into regular practice requires cultivation and integration into daily classroom discourse, but the results can be well worth the effort. This complexity is important to consider when developing a rich and comprehensive assessment system. It is a natural part of classroom life that is a world away from formal examinations—both in spirit and in purpose. She has clear guidelines about the quality and depth of responses in terms of how students will demonstrate their understandings and skills. Her decision is based on the following logical, though faulty reasoning: If phenol red and baking soda do not produce heat, perhaps the other two reactants will! The following example from the Lawrence Hall of Science assessment handbook (Barber et al., 1995) demonstrates how assessment mechanisms can enrich science investigations and provide the teacher with useful information. With a teacher's help, much useful work in student groups can start from assessment tasks: each member of a group can comment on another's homework, or one another's tests, and then discuss and defend the basis for their decisions. Although teachers do have a “special-observer” perspective from which they have access to information not generated by way of a test, consideration of technical criteria should remind teachers that careful documentation and systematic observation of all students is necessary to achieve an equitable classroom environment. Where groups had worked together on an instrument, one report was to be prepared. The third-grade teacher on the team, Ms. R., said that she would like to work with two or three of her colleagues on the third-grade science curriculum. Through the vignettes and discussion that follow, we hope to make features of formative assessment more explicit and, in doing so, highlight how intimately they are connected to teaching. When this mixture also gets hot, he correctly concludes that the “red stuff” only affects the color, and therefore the calcium chloride and water produce the heat. 0000002370 00000 n inequitable treatment. In the first scenario, conferences with students allow Ms. K to ask questions, hear specifics of project activity, and probe student reasoning and thought processes. Because the assessment was designed primarily to tap scientific investigation and experimentation skills and understandings, other assessments, including perhaps follow-up questions, would be required to make inferences about their level of conceptual under-. 0000011870 00000 n SOURCE: Stiggins (2001); Shavelson and Ruiz-Primo (1999). 0000002214 00000 n What is important is that assessment is an ongoing activity, one that relies on multiple strategies and sources for collecting information that bears on the quality of student work and that then can be used to help both the students and the teacher think more pointedly about how the quality might be improved. She also does not use chemical notation. The teacher decides that the class will revisit an earlier completed laboratory activity and, in the process, examine the connections between that activity and the discussion at hand. When formative assessment becomes an integral part of classroom practice, student achievement is enhanced (Black & Wiliam, 1998a; Crooks, 1988; Fuchs & Fuchs, 1986). Research literature acknowledges that over time, in the context of numerous performances, concerns of replicability and generalizability become less of an issue (Linn & Burton, 1994; Messick, 1994). Teachers need to understand the principles of sound assessment and apply those principles as a matter of daily routine practice. Clarity about the overall goals is only a first step. She argues for the value of classroom teachers' special contextualized knowledge and the integrative interpretations they can make. This process includes a wide range of procedures and has the ultimate goal of obtaining valid and reliable information on which to base educational decisions. Classroom Assessment. Attention to them is part of good teaching. Messick states that dropping reliability as a prerequisite for validity may be “feasible in assessment for instructional improvement occurring frequently throughout the course of teaching or in appraisals of extensive portfolios ” (p. 15). Assessments that are different in form than traditional paper-and-pencil assessments. When choosing among the many available assessment approaches, the following general selection guidelines may be of use. and H2O make heat for sure. with C.C. The extent to which any assessment data inform teaching and influence learning depends in a large part on use. Summative assessment refers to the cumulative assessments, usually occurring at the end of a unit or topic coverage, that intend to capture what a student has learned, or the quality of the learning, and judge performance against some standards. Technically, she should conduct another experiment so all variables are controlled. Thus far, this chapter has provided a menu of strategies and principles for teachers to consider when designing and implementing a classroom assessment system organized around the goals of improved student work. Assessments can be most powerful when students are involved in the process, not solely as responders or reactors. Issues of validity center on whether an assessment is measuring or capturing what is intended for measure or capture. Some designs were simple and easy to implement, for example, one group was making a rubber-band player by stretching different widths and lengths of rubber bands around a plastic gallon milk container with the top cut off. %PDF-1.3 %���� 0000010332 00000 n Jump up to the previous page or down to the next one. Unfortunately, there are often competing needs and demands on teachers. Any classroom assessment system should assess and support growth in all areas. This is a challenging task for third-grade students, and the teacher will have to provide considerable guidance to the groups of students as they plan their presentations. to see if that gets hot. In efforts to try to overcome or at least abate inherent bias that results in inequitable treatment, teachers, and all those working with students, need to be examined and keep a check on the bias that enters into their own questioning, thinking, and responses. BOX 3-10 Assessment in the Teaching Standards, Teachers of science engage in ongoing assessment of their teaching and of student learning. Journals kept by the students become the stimulus for regular reflections on learning and the connections between their topic to the bigger picture of the local watershed. For her third graders, Ms. R provides guidelines for planning and presenting their instruments and introduces questions for the students to address as they engage in their work. During project work-time, Ms. K conducts conferences with groups of students about their projects. Black and Wiliam (1998a) assert, “...self-assessment by the students is not an interesting option or luxury; it has to be seen as essential” (p. 55). Usually, it is a necessary but not complete requirement for validity. So the conversation is turned toward these topics to clarify these points. Sharing assessment with students does not mean that teachers transfer all responsibility to the student but rather that assessment is shaped and refined from day to day just as teaching is. For this transition to occur, peerand self-assessment must be integrated into the student's ways of thinking. The role of teachers in the assessment of learning This pamphlet results from the Assessment Systems for the Future project,funded by the Nuffield Foundation.The project was set up by the Assessment Reform Group in September 2003 to consider evidence from research and practice about the summative 2. Focusing on the teacher as the primary player in assessment, the book offers assessment guidelines and explores how they can be adapted to the individual classroom. Much of the success of peer- and selfassessment hinges on a classroom culture where assessment is viewed as a way to help improve work and where students accept the responsibility for learning—that of their own and of others in their community. At the very beginning of the project, Ms. K and her students started conversations about how their projects would be assessed. If a teacher notices that one student seems to understand (for example, by displaying a green “traffic light”) while another does not, the one who understands might help the one who does not. Construction of knowledge, concepts and processes of design while assessment in first. Grades, placement, advancement, instructional needs, curriculum, and much and... On your preferred social network or via email she uses this information? ”, so there is little in... 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