The Importance Of Assessment

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GTA Presentation: Assessment

What is assessment?
Assessment is the process of gathering and discussing information from multiple and diverse sources in order to develop a deep understanding of what students know, understand, and can do with their knowledge as a result of their educational experiences; the process culminates when assessment results are used to improve subsequent learning. (Huba and Freed, 2000)
Assessment is the systematic basis for making inferences about the learning and development of students. It is the process of defining, selecting, designing, collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and using information to increase students’ learning and development. (Erwin, 1991)
Assessment is the systematic collection, review, and
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“Perhaps the single most unifying concept in the arena of early literacy instruction and assessment is recognition of the need for multiple assessment measures,”(Jones, 2003).

Assessment and feedback are crucial for helping people learn. Assessment should mirror good instruction; happen continuously as part of instruction; and provide information about the levels of understanding that students are reaching. In order for learners to gain insight into their learning and their understanding, frequent feedback is critical: students need to monitor their learning and actively evaluate their strategies and their current levels of understanding. (Bransford, Brown, and Cocking, 1999)
Individuals acquire a skill much more rapidly if they receive feedback about the correctness of what they have done. One of the most important roles for assessment is the provision of timely and informative feedback to students during instruction and learning so that their practice of a skill and its subsequent acquisition will be effective and efficient. (Pellegrino, Chudowsky, and Glaser, 2001)
Types of
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I will not go over these types because they are out of the scope of this short presentation.
Who to do assessment?
Assessment can be performed in different ways and by different people. Two Group of assessors will be presented; teachers (experts) and students (clients). Students are the best group who knows their actual level and teachers are the best group with regard to specifying educatonal goals. The following is a way of assessment in which teachers give student the opportunity to make their educational objectives based on their current situation.This can be done through the following steps:
Student Created Rubrics of their success with the help of teacher.
Learning Contract that specify the objectives of each educational process by specifying the current situation and the final product of that process.
Muddy Point Board in which students discuss certain points or ask questions about a certain point. This gives them active role in their learning.
Nameless Voice in which students submit anonymously a sample work to share with the

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