Essential Assessment Protocols
Deciding on how to grade or assess a students work
can sometimes be very frustrating. There are different types of assessment
to use on the students. There is formal and informal assessment. Telling
students what is expected in the classroom for their homework and tests.
Finding different methods to assess is a great idea because it gives the
students a chance to show their best ability.
Portfolio’s influence creativity and compliment instructional strategies.
(Van de Walle, 1997)
Pretesting is essential in knowing what a child really has learned. (Yohe,
Assessment provides feedback that is needed to both the students and the
teachers. (Orlich, 1998)
Teachers not only assess the actual test, but they are also assessing classroom
behavior, skills, knowledge and conceptual understanding, thinking, products,
performances, and attitudes. (Orlich, 1998)
A variety of methods of assessment used give better feedback and help specify
your best method of learning. (Johnson, 1998)
Group work is beneficial to both the student and the teacher. It promotes
social and interactional skills and most students enjoy this for a change.
(Van de Walle, 1997)
A rubric is a fair way of grading and places someone in a category so you
can determine if they are right on target or need further assistance. (
Van de Walle, 1997)
Keep your students updated on what their progress is at all times. A student
should never be surprised at report card time. (Orlich, 1998)
The goal is to inform the child of their strengths and weaknesses and to
motivate the student. (Orlich, 1998)
Journals and Self-assessment show how they perceive things rather that
if they learned it. (Van de Walle, 1997)
A traditional paper and pencil test can be worthwhile as long as it is
constructed well. (Van de Walle, 1997)
Dialogue journals should not be graded and can encourage language and trust.
Assessing is something that the students
should benefit from not necessarily the teacher. You must choose a variety
of ways and methods to find out accurate grade and where the student stands.
Some students are not good at multiple choice while others do not receive
high scores for essays. Therefore to find out where your students borders
are, you must use various methods to motivate and interest them.