What is the purpose of assessment?
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- What is assessment?
An assessment is a method of collecting evidence to establish the level of performance of a learner. Some teachers believe that assessment drives students' learning. A wise academic once said that higher education institutions "live or die by their assessment practices", and despite a huge amount of research, assessment is still a hotly-debated subject. Are we getting it right for our students?
- Create your definition of assessment
Please check out: four different definitions of assessment on the University of Connecticut website. After considering these definitions, how do you define assessment?
- What is the purpose of assessment in your teaching area?
Choose as many items as you like, and make notes to justify your choices.
- enables selection and placement of students
- motivates students
- provides a focus for student learning
- consolidates and structures student learning
- guides and corrects student learning
- determines readiness to proceed (diagnostic)
- is used for certification or for grade achievement (ensuring standards)
- evaluates teaching
- Secures funding
- Measures how and what students learn
- Develops new and varied educational experiences for students to develop their talents and abilities
- Determines whether students master the skills and knowledge and develop behaviours that courses and programs promise
- Determines whether changes and interventions actually enhance student achievement and success.
- Spiller, D. (2009). Principles of Assessment. Teaching Hamilton, NZ: Development Unit, University of Waikato. http://www.waikato.ac.nz/tdu/pdf/booklets/16_AssessmentPrinciples.pdf