Whether you’re working with a grade team, or just within any school, it’s important to understand a couple of things about assessment. Maybe, you’re already thinking this way, then this is confirmation? If not, hope this helps? It's about testing the waters (as in our image above), as you think about your assessments:
1. Think about the purpose of your assessment – what information will you get from this? Do the results tell you what your students can do – or just compare them to a norm or scale? Is that useful?
2. Think about what you know, or have been told, about your new students – any special needs? How will you adjust your assessments to determine what your students CAN do?
As a start, talk with other teachers and get your head clear as to what your assessments are really telling you. As you assess, watch your students closely, see if they are anxious – make adjustments and document them.
Assessment shouldn’t be as daunting as it’s sometimes made out to be – its purpose is to help you, and your students – more on this next post!