The ABCs of Assessment: Aligning assessment with instructionby: Ann W. Wright

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Assessment often carries a negative connotation, but it is as important as curriculum and instruction and needs to be viewed as a positive enhancement of learning. To be comprehensive, assessment must be authentic, resembling the classroom experience or “real life experience.” To effectively use any assessment methods, teachers must constantly evaluate the success of the methods used. Teachers should reflect often on assessment and ask questions, such as “Have students learned what they were supposed to learn? What concepts do students have trouble with, and why are they having trouble?" Reflection can improve assessment and will essentially improve learning.

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  • on Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:54 PM

Not sure which assessment is applicable? This article introduces you to assessment types and their uses. Discussions of performance assessments, portfolios, time-series design assessments, and predict and explain assessments are described in detail. Examples from the field of biology are given to help you understand how each assessment is useful. Finally, analyzing assessment items is explained. This article will be extremely useful to anyone who is new to assessment or needs a brief refresher.

Patricia  (Pottstown, PA)
Patricia (Pottstown, PA)

  • on Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:46 PM

This article provides an overview of authentic assessments and when each could be used for formative or diagnostic assessments. It does not provide information on how to develop good examples of any of these, however. It also presents a brief description of some statistics that can be used to evaluate item reliability, mostly for quantitative questions. It provides breadth with little depth of the assessment process and as such might be used as a review or for ideas for future research and development.

Tina Harris  (Bloomington, IN)
Tina Harris (Bloomington, IN)

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