At this point I haven't done much research on what action to take to improve my method of assessing students. But, here are some possibilities:
- Fix test mistakes, and then hand back in for partial credit. This seems like an okay idea, but I'm not sure how much students get from it in practice. Since this idea is not new, I imagine someone must have done research on this before.
- Oral test. Not only would an oral examination allow a teacher to delve into what the student knows and doesn't more deeply, but they can also provide students with immediate feedback, and possibly set up a follow-up conference. The obvious disadvantage is that an oral test takes time -- what are other students going to do if it's conducted in class?
- Journaling. Having students reflect on their success and mistakes in a post-test journal might be benificial... I'm not sure about the details of how this would work?
- First group, then individual assessment. Students are doubly assessed -- group tests allow students to grow and learn. Individual assessments are for individual accountability and assigning grades... Again, I'm not sure about the details of this.
- More Project-based authentic assessment. Students work on an project which evolves throughout a course, but portions of the project are assessed at the end of each section/unit. The teacher then can provide students with feedback, which the student would be expected to incorporate into their next version. Questions: Is this outcome-based assessment? What does research say about this? How can you find projects that are broad enough to need everything you've learned? (Perhaps it's not important to assess everything that you've learned?) -- I like parts of this idea. It seems to incorporate good parts of other ideas above.
My next steps will be to peruse research on assessment...
Posted by johnsojr at August 2, 2004 12:14 AM