Science Sampler: A simple assessment solutionby: Holly Lyver

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This formative-assessment program is based on two key ideas about assessment. First, thoughtful educators use assessment results to revise their instructional approaches so that assessment is no longer a product, but a part of an ongoing process that supports learning and informs instruction (Barton and Jordan 2001). Second, standards-based portfolios benefit both students and teachers by documenting students’ learning and evaluating their progress in achieving mastery of the standards and goals of the class. The portfolios also help teachers monitor their own effectiveness in teaching students the skills needed to fully understand the content (Belgrad, Burke, and Fogarty 2002).

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  • on Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:08 AM

This is an interesting article about useful formative assessment. The teacher created a classroom environment in which students ‘learn from their mistakes.’ Samples of teacher assessments and information about how to create your own are very helpful. This article is worthwhile to read.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:57 PM

The article focuses on utilizing two assessment tools; quizzes and portfolios. The author advocates utilizing weekly “quick quizzes” to inform instruction and includes practical advice for developing questions, grading, classroom management, and their use in informing instruction. Portfolios are used to document the student learning and progress towards meetings goals and objectives.

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

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