Assessment in classrooms is much more than just and exam and the marks that are reflected thereafter. It helps both students and teachers delve deeper. The best classroom assessments also serve as meaningful sources of information for teachers, helping them identify what they taught well and what they need to work on. Gathering this vital information does not require a sophisticated statistical analysis of assessment results. Once teachers have made specific tallies, they can pay special attention to the trouble spots – those items or criteria missed by large numbers of students in the class.
When it comes to students, nearly every single one has suffered the experience of spending hours preparing for a major assessment or exam, only to discover that the material that they studied was a lot different from what the teacher explained or chose to cover. This experience teaches students two very bard lessons. First, students realise that hard work and effort don’t pay off in school because the time and effort that they spent studying had little or no influence on the results. And second, they learn that they cannot trust their teachers. These are hardly the lessons that responsible teachers want their students to learn.
Assessments can be a vital component in our efforts to improve education. But as long as we use them only as a means to rank schools and students, we will miss their most powerful benefits. We must focus instead on helping teachers change the way they use assessment results, improve the quality of their classroom assessments, and align their assessments with learning goals.
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