Students and Assessments

In a perfect world, we would individualize assessment for every student, thus truly accounting for all differences in their prior knowledge, cultural differences, and cognitive styles. As we all know, this is near impossible and certainly impractical. But, as Linda Suskie shares in her article in the AAHE Bulletin from...

In our last several blog posts, we’ve shared three of the four conditions that Stiggins and Chappuis insist must be met to ensure the effective use of student-involved classroom assessment. These were discussed at length in their article – Using Student-Involved Classroom Assessment to Close Achievement Gaps. To recap: Condition...

In our last couple of blog posts, we’ve shared two of the four conditions that Stiggins and Chappuis say must be met to ensure the effective use of student-involved classroom assessment. These were discussed at length in their article – Using Student-Involved Classroom Assessment to Close Achievement Gaps. Condition One:...

Stiggins and Chappuis discuss at length in their article – Using Student-Involved Classroom Assessment to Close Achievement Gaps (PDF) – the importance of student-involved classroom assessment. In our last blog post, we highlighted the first of four conditions that must be met to ensure the effective use of student-involved classroom assessment:...

Student-involved classroom assessment, which can be formative or interim in nature, is a powerful tool and one that Stiggins and Chappuis discuss at length in their article – Using Student-Involved Classroom Assessment to Close Achievement Gaps. What’s particularly interesting about their article is the four conditions that they highlight that...

Students are at the center of every assessment that teachers administer. They are the key decision makers about their own learning and they need to be engaged participants. Since many students can be intimidated when it comes to taking assessments and tests, teachers and parents must be transparent when it...

It’s not uncommon to find a classroom where a few highly motivated students monopolize the discussion. To ensure that all students are learning, teachers need to find opportunities to actively engage everyone in meaningful ways. While there are many ways to engage students on a day-to-day basis using formative assessment...

Teachers are well-aware that high-quality assessments are an important part of teaching and learning and that they should be designed to help students know where they are in relation to where they need to go. Students are key decision-makers about their own learning, and it is critical for them to...