Two key principles of assessment involved providing opportunities for feedback and revision.
Feedback is extremely important as a means of makings student thinking visible,
Assessment must focus on understanding, not just memory.
From Mimi's post:
- Giving group tests (which will have NO re-test option allowed) before individual tests, to force kids to communicate/explain the concepts to each other.
- Peer evaluation of work against learning standard, using the system "2 stars and a wish." Jo cites research that when you spend class time to do this, you are clarifying learning goals and you can cover the same material in half the time.
- Written math journal, intentional grouping, and structured discussions (as per Complex Instruction) to actively engage all students in a heterogeneous learning environment. (Jo cites anecdotal evidence that mixed-ability grouping yields better learning result for all.)
- Recognize kids who ask good questions by putting their questions on a poster to keep up.
Pam's Post-It Note Assessments
Pam's 5 Sticky Notes Ideas