Student participation becomes a key component of successful assessment strategies at every step: clarifying the target and purpose of assessment, discussing the assessment methods, deliberating about standards for quality work, reflecting on the work. For this transition to occur, peerand self-assessment must be integrated into the student's ways of thinking. BOX 3-10 Assessment in the Teaching Standards, Teachers of science engage in ongoing assessment of their teaching and of student learning. Validity is not, then, an inherent property of an individual assessment; rather, the interpretations drawn from the data and the subsequent actions that ensue are either valid or invalid. Given the limitation of the two experiments, the combination she first chose, and the fact that she is aware of the weakness of her experimental design, hers is a good handling of the results. Specific information regarding the sources of confusions can be useful in planning activities or in initiating a conversation between students and the teacher. In such a view, assessment becomes virtually a continuous classroom focus, quite indistinguishable from teaching and curriculum. 0000011745 00000 n How like the instrument you wanted to make is the one you actually made? Although such external tests are not subject to the risks of bias at a personal, one-on-one level, this advantage may be offset because a teacher might see that a student does not understand a question and can rephrase to overcome the obstacle, the external grader or machine cannot. 0001371321 00000 n One group is surveying local industrial, agricultural, and residential areas to locate general and point sources of pollutants. 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.”. Issues relating to validity are discussed further in Chapter 4. Another group was making drums of various sizes using some thick cardboard tubes and pieces of thin rubber roofing material. Administrators also may be interested in the material presented in this chapter. Any classroom assessment system should assess and support growth in all areas. Click here to buy this book in print or download it as a free PDF, if available. To search the entire text of this book, type in your search term here and press Enter. The opportunity that Ms. R's students had to design, build, and then rebuild instruments based on their trials gives them a chance to make good use of feedback to improve their piece of work. Do you enjoy reading reports from the Academies online for free? This type of format allows the teacher to hear what the students are learning from the activity and offers other students the opportunity of learning about connections that they might not have made. 0001371830 00000 n Assessment is so vital in their pedagogical design that their approach “encourages teachers and curriculum planners to first ‘think like an assessor’ before designing specific units and lessons, and thus to consider up front how they will determine if students … Classroom assessment is both a teaching approach and a set of techniques. Attention to them is part of good teaching. From reading student responses and listening to discussion, Ms. K knows that some of her students are making deeper connections, and many are making different connections. 0000004561 00000 n Such a process not only helps to make the criteria more useful; it increases their ownership of the standards by which judgments will be made about their work. What works for Ms. K or Ms. R in their classrooms may not work in another. Validity, he argued, needs evidentiary grounding, including evidence of what happens as a result. Assessments that occur as part of regular teaching and curricular activities. In a review of the relevant research in this area, Fuchs and Fuchs (1986) reported that student achievement gains were significantly larger (twice the effect size) when teachers used a regular and systematic method for recording and interpreting assessment data and providing feedback as compared to when they made spontaneous decisions. Roles of Assessment in Classroom Instruction. the development of important dispositions. ted, so there is ONLY one difference between the preliminary reaction and the comparison reaction. 0001435010 00000 n You're looking at OpenBook,'s online reading room since 1999. The chapter offers a guiding framework to use when considering everyday assessments and then discusses the roles and responsibilities of teachers and students in improving assessment. Reflection is a learned skill. When we do use them, we try to offer a definition or use it in a context where its meaning makes sense. Title • “Teaching and Learning are reciprocal processes that depend on and affect one another (Swearingen 2002 and Kellough, 1999).”. The occasions to sit with, converse with, question, and listen to the students gave Ms. K and Ms. R the opportunities to employ powerful questioning strategies as an assessment tool. After spending time discussing and drawing the forces involved as an object is dropped to the floor, he plans questions and activities to help cultivate student understandings of more passive actions of forces so they understand that the conceptual notion of force applies to both active and passive actions and objects. Technically, she should conduct another experiment so all variables are controlled. The strategy can occur one-on-one as the teacher circulates around the room. So the conversation is turned toward these topics to clarify these points. Box 3-4 illustrates a data sheet used by the students for the assessment activity, which provides prompts to record their experimental design and observations. To some, issues of validity and reliability are at the heart of assessment discussions. Thus, she is helping them to develop a clear view of what they are to achieve and where they are going. 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. A purposeful and representative collection of student work that conveys a story of progress, achievement and/or effort. Not a MyNAP member yet? Unfortunately, there are often competing needs and demands on teachers. Calcium chloride and phenol red make heat, produced more heat than first experiment, water turned cloudy, calcium chloride looked dissolved. Grades, and even undue praise, can reinforce expectations of failure and lead to reluctance to invest effort. 0001421561 00000 n 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. In the individual reflections, Ms. R can get additional data to complement or. 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. It is important for teachers to have clear performance criteria in mind before they assess student work and responses. Assessments and assessment-related conversations can help make explicit to all students standards of quality work, make clearer the connections among seemingly unrelated content, concepts, and skills, and provide a scaffold for ongoing student self-assessment (Cole et al., 1999). Assessment can reinforce the efficacy of teaching and learning. Switch between the Original Pages, where you can read the report as it appeared in print, and Text Pages for the web version, where you can highlight and search the text. when mixed with C.C. Relying on memory can be difficult with more than 150 students, with many activities, interactions, and observations and over the course of many months before summative evaluations call for the use of such information. A different problem that leads to inequity in teaching is associated with problems of “disclosure,” the technical label for the challenge of assuring that a student understands the context in which a question is framed and interprets the demand of the question in the way that the teacher intended. This paper develops a framework for understanding a reformed view of assessment, in which assessment plays an integral role in teaching and learning. The assessment provides each learner with his/her strengths and weaknesses. In other words, just as teaching shapes assessment, assessment shapes teaching. Feedback of the self-esteem type (trying to make the student feel better, irrespective of the quality of the work) leads less successful students to attribute their shortcomings to lack of ability. We'd have to try mixing P.R. Opportunities for revisions and regular discussions of what is good work help to clarify criteria as well as strengthen connections and analysis, thus improving learning. 0000003735 00000 n Thus, assessment serves not only as a guide to teaching methods but also to selecting and improving curriculum to better match the interests and needs of the students. Jonathan uses his own abbreviation for calcium chloride, C.C. This is important if we hope to support all students. trailer <<5E4F9224C67011DB84CD000D93573FCE>]>> startxref 0 %%EOF 85 0 obj<>stream 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? If some pedagogical approach did not work the first time, is it likely to be more effective when repeated? This creates good classroom rapport. When gathering data, teachers and students need to consider if the information accurately represents what they wish to summarize, corresponds with subject matter taught, and reflects any unintended social consequences that result from the assessment. Such a shift in the concept of assessment cannot simply be imposed, any more than any new concept can be understood without the student becoming an active participant in the learning. It includes design, content selection, delivery, assessment and reflection. strategic knowledge—knowing which, when, and why a specific knowledge would be applicable. Teachers were provided contrived information that a handful of students showed exceptional promise, when in actuality they were no different from the others. Moss (1996) makes a case that reliability is not a necessity for classroom assessment. From Stiggins' (2001) book, Student-Involved Classroom Assessment, Figure 3-1 offers questions to consider when designing, selecting, or implementing an assessment. An exemplary performance by a student would include not only the ability to identify the source of the vibration but also to change pitch and loudness in both directions. Questions concerning these different forms of validity need to be addressed independently, although they are often related. 0000011360 00000 n An emphasis on formative assessment—assessment that informs teaching and learning and occurs throughout an activity or unit—is incorporated into regular practice. While assessment in schools involves assigning grades, it is more than that for both the teacher and the learner. Lastly, assessments should be feasible. Do you want to take a quick tour of the OpenBook's features? In one East Palo Alto, California, classroom, the teacher asked two students at the beginning of the class to be ready to summarize their activity at the end. They are evaluated by a teacher or an outsider on the quality of their ability to perform specific tasks and the products they create in the process. Assessments help teachers identify student strengths as well as areas where students may be struggling. Data from summative assessments can be used in a formative way. to make heat. In the first vignette, Ms. K facilitates frequent conversations with her class about what constitutes good work. ing student data for every student in the classroom is made much easier with a classroom of people assisting in the same task. to see if that gets hot. 1.2: Summarise the difference between formative and summative assessments. At that time, they will be making public reports to peers, parents, and community members. Classroom-based assessments have been used in English Language Teaching (ELT) to assess and improve different skills of reading. She also reminds them of the criteria for quality work. Clarity about the overall goals is only a first step. 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. In their work in science assessment, Shavelson and Ruiz-Primo attend to the following aspects of knowledge: propositional or declarative knowledge—knowledge about facts, concepts and principles; procedural knowledge—knowing how to do something; and. He makes the astute observation that this reaction is even hotter than the calcium chloride and phenol red solution and correctly concludes that phenol red does not create the heat. Yet this culture is deeply embedded in American schools and is hard to change. with C.C. Effective questioning that elicits quality responses is not easy. Assessment Purpose: This activity assesses student progress toward understanding the purpose and processes of design. Based on feedback from you, our users, we've made some improvements that make it easier than ever to read thousands of publications on our website. 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. All rights reserved. they would like their instruments to make, and what kind of instrument it would be. The journal reflections inform her about the progress of the groups and the difficulties they are having, and so serve as a springboard for class discussion. The centrality of inquiry in the vision of science education advanced in the Standards provides a particularly compelling reason to take a closer look at classroom assessment, and formative assessment, in particular. The student is the one who must take action to “close” the gap between what they know and what is expected (Sadler, 1989). A teacher asks questions that may help spur thinking about science concepts that are part of the investigation and may help students understand what it takes to do work that comports with high standards. For an assessment to make valid claims about a student' s ability to conduct inquiry, the assessment would need to assess the range or abilities and understandings comprised in the construct of inquiry. Some people believe that the different roles a teacher plays with respect to assessment perpetuates. In addition, the recording of results and observations was accomplished with varying degrees of clarity. 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. 0001434714 00000 n such as discussing the forces involved as the same object sits in the student's hand, hangs from a spring, and as the object is pushed off the edge of the table. Without an understanding of both student learning and the science involved, upon hearing the proper terms from his students, he may have proceeded with his unit with the impression that the students shared a scientific understanding of force (for a class transcript and analysis by the teacher, see Minstrell, 1992). Method. Classroom Assessment. Invalid formative assessment can lead to the wrong corrective action, or to neglect action where it is needed. With rich assessment data, a teacher can begin to develop possible explanations about what the difficulties might be for the student. The volume discusses how classroom assessment differs from conventional testing and grading-and how it fits into the larger, comprehensive assessment system. The titles emphasize some important components of the assessment process. The teacher can help to guide the discussions, especially during the times in which students have difficulty helping one another. Box 3-2 provides operational definitions of several terms you will find in the assessment literature. Thus, technical issues are important to consider for all assessments, including those that occur each day in the classroom. 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. With knowledge of the student's strengths, a teacher can help ensure that any particular assessment allows the student to demonstrate understanding and can assess whether information would be better gathered in a different format to allow for that opportunity to express thinking in different ways. The conferences she sets up and the conversations that ensue give her opportunities to probe understandings and confusions and reach students that may not be as articulate when it comes to written work. It fizzed and got hot. When formative assessment becomes an integral part of classroom practice, student achievement is enhanced (Black & Wiliam, 1998a; Crooks, 1988; Fuchs & Fuchs, 1986). The teacher is able to see whether students are struggling with an activity or concept, whether they have developed fundamental understandings, whether they need to revisit a particular idea or need more practice to develop particular skills. 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. For many, the designs could not be translated into reality, and much change and trial and error ensued. In a few cases, the original design was abandoned, and a new design emerged as the instrument took shape. 0000002779 00000 n For the data to be useful in guiding instructional decisions, the assessment methods should be consistent with the desired pedagogy. The Standards articulate the breadth and depth of what it means to know and be able to do in science at different grade levels. They, too, stress that different forms of assessment are better suited for different aspects of knowledge. This type of assessment discussion, which occurs before an activity even starts, has a powerful influence on how the students conduct themselves throughout the activity and what they learn. It is intertwined with issues of affect, motivation, self-esteem, self-attribution, self-concept, self-efficacy, and one's beliefs about the nature of learning. rather than CaCO3, within the context of an equation format to share what ingredients were combined and the results. The King School was reforming its science curriculum. 0000001176 00000 n 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. Student participation becomes a key component of successful assessment strategies at every step. 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