The Importance Of Classroom Assessment In Education

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Education as a social institution is subject to change in response to social dynamics. Curricular changes require for changes in approaches and methods of teaching and to the techniques of student assessment. Engaging students is an ongoing system of interrelated assessments, which reveal changes in student learning over time. This is not only to inform instructional practice but motivates and empowers students to take charge of their learning. This has been the foundation for creating a balanced assessment system. Classroom assessment practices are an integral part of teaching and learning. Without sound assessment practices, one may not know if students are progressing as planned. The Classroom Assessment Standards contains a set of standards…show more content…
There has been a move from a primary focus on summative assessment to formative assessment; (Greenstein, 2010), yet what formative assessment is remains an issue. Many claim that formative assessment refers to evaluation instruments whereas others believe that it is a process (Bennett, 2011). Formative assessment as only an instrument causes confusion when formative feedback is given on summative assessment (Irons, 2007). McMillan as cited by Susuwele-Banda (2005) stated that assessments can be a vital component to improve education. He emphasized that assessment should focus on helping teachers to change the way they use assessment results, they should improve the quality of their classroom assessments, and align their assessments with valued learning goals and district standards. Assessment of students is very serious because effective teaching decisions are based on the capability of teachers to know their students and to match activities with precise…show more content…
These include teachers’ lack of an adequate knowledge base involving the basic testing and measurement concepts (Stiggins, 2005), limited teacher training in assessment and failure of teachers to apply and adhere to measurement guidelines they learned in measurement courses. On the other hand, teachers who develop useful assessments provide corrective instruction, and give students second chances to demonstrate success which can improve their teaching and assist students to discover. Teachers are responsible for assessing students’ learning. All teachers must have assessment skills to implement the assessment. Teachers used various techniques in assessment even though they may not be given appropriate training on certain facets of classroom assessments (Marso & Pigge, 1988) as cited by Koloi-Keaikitse

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