Chapter 1: Reverting to Purpose
Assessment and testing have different meanings. A test is a tool for measuring. Number 1 could mean your golf handicap or your score out of a possible 10. Assessment extends beyond simply pointing out right and wrong answers. It is intended to illuminate learning, engage students, and guide improvement. Assessment is at its best when it:
- Synchronizes and sustains intentional and purposeful learning outcomes.
- Monitors progress throughout teaching and learning.
- Provides multiple pathways for students to demonstrate competency.
- Informs teachers and students of next steps towards closing gaps and improving understanding.