What is Assessment?
Assessment is the process of gathering information about what a student knows, understands, and can do, in relation to the learning outcomes. In Edmonton Catholic Schools, all assessments are criterion-referenced, meaning student performances are not compared to one another, as is seen in post-secondary institutions who grade “on the curve”. Rather, student performances are compared to the learning objectives as set by the Ministry of Education in the Programs of Study (Alberta Curriculum).
Types of Assessment
There are three types of assessment, each with different purposes:
|Formative: used throughout the learning process to monitor student learning and provide ongoing feedback to both students and teachers for the purpose of improving learning||Summative: used to evaluate student learning at the end of an instructional/learning cycle|
Multiple Modes of Assessment
For many teachers and parents, assessment is synonymous with evidence of learning apparent in a product, such as an essay or written exam. We can gather a more well-rounded collection of evidence of learning by observing students while they demonstrate skills, or engaging them in conversation to reveal their understanding. The teacher can then capture what they see and hear, in addition to product-based evidence of learning, to provide a balanced and more accurate picture of a student’s level of proficiency in demonstrating knowledge, conceptual understanding, and skill.
• lab skills
• physical education skills
• art techniques
• classroom dialogue: partner work, small group, whole class discussion
|• student teacher conferences|
• classroom dialogue
• oral reflection
|• written work|
• creating models