What do you think of when you hear the word assessment?
Measuring achievement? Evaluation of learning? Benchmarks and comparing our kids to where they should be?
What if assessment were used less as a means for reporting achievement, and more as a means of looking at children’s growth and for the purpose of teacher planning, and children's goal setting?
In the olden days, assessment used to mean we were evaluating our children’s work according to certain standards or benchmarks. But today, assessment means a whole lot more.
Assessment for learning is the process of gathering and making sense of our child's learning - to help us determine where children are at in their learning, and where they need to go.
Assessment as learning is the child’s responsibility, and is the process of self-reflection on learning. We call this meta-cognition.
Assessment of learning measures learning at a given point in time - a snapshot that can be...