Consider how your approach measures up to the Seven Purposes of Assessment!
Take the pulse on your current assessment practices…make sure you are not just assessing student learning…but your teaching practices also!
Here are the Seven Purposes of Assessment as defined by Kellough and Kellough (1999):
- To assist student learning
- To identify students’ strengths and weaknesses
- To assess the effectiveness of an instructional strategy
- To assess and improve the effectiveness of curricular programs
- To assess and improve teaching effectiveness
- To provide data that assists in decision making
- To communicate and involve parents
As you can see, only 2 of the purposes above refer to students. Five of the seven refer to systems of education that support student learning. To maximize student learning, our testing must result in realsitic measures of both learning AND teaching. Unfortunately, we sometimes put too much emphasis on how well our students did, without considering the teaching part in the learning process.
As the saying goes, “When you know better, you do better”. Now you know better- student assessment should not just be an ending point in learning, rather it should be a starting point in informing future learning for the student and informing future teaching practices for the teacher!
After all, teaching without learning is just TALK.
Food for thought!