When Students Own the Assessment

Who owns assessment? Is it the teacher, school, district, or the test industry? If the government requires them, do they also own the measures? Something was missing from those questions and if you noted that it was “the students”, you’re right. The more schools emphasize standardized tests scores, provide the measures of learning, and dispense […]

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Assessing From the Heart

The Core Ideas, Fundamental Practices, And True Intentions of Assessment Relying on the Known    A few years back, the new administration at Mélange High School urged teachers to “flip” their classrooms. In this way, the foundations of a topic were learned at home. In class, students would participate in meaningful discussions and develop critical […]

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Reconsidering Noncognitive Skills

Based on Chapter 5 in “Restorative Assessment: Strength-Based Practices that Support All Learners”, this summary explains that cognitive achievement is built on social skills, emotional dispositions, and personal attributes. Everyone is influenced by non-cognitive factors, but there are times that students’ reserves of self-regulation and good judgment become depleted. The potential for success of all […]

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Assessment that Sparks Learning

Assessment originates from the Latin assistere meaning to assist and from assidere meaning to sit beside. In this way assessment is an intentional process that improves learning by relying on the skilled and knowledgeable guidance of others. A test is only one a type of assessment: It provides merely a partial picture of student learning. […]

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