A single test score does not define student success or effective instruction. But assessment data can be incredibly useful to educators, helping them improve their practice and ensure that classroom time is being maximized.
Formative assessment provides ongoing data to ensure that both teachers and students know where they are, know where they’re going, and can make plans to get there. Interim assessments measure student learning growth; with this data, teachers can identify patterns or trends, and needs for additional resources. Summative assessment is a culminating assessment (or experience), which measures and reports whether a student has learned a prescribed set of content.
Assessments can empower teachers, and improve the teaching and learning process. To achieve this, there are key assessment principles all educators must consider:
- The student is at the heart of the assessment.
- Assessment is integral to teaching and learning.
- Data is used by both teachers and students to make adjustments in teaching and learning.
- Teachers should be provided assessment data in a timely fashion.
- Educators should have the support and professional development to apply assessment results in their classrooms.
The use of data, when integrated and connected to instruction and curriculum creates a cohesive classroom or building plan that supports learning goals and greater opportunities for student growth and success.
Source: Make Assessment Matter
“Every teacher needs to be getting better—not because they’re not good enough, but because they can be even better—but every teacher needs to be getting better at something that will make a difference to their students…”
— Dylan Wiliam