Another powerful instructional tool available to teachers is the use of assessments. There are primarily two types of assessments that can be used with students. Summative Assessment is the assessment of learning to ensure that teachers know that students have achieved the intended outcomes at the end of a lesson or unit. The second form of assessment, Formative Assessment, is checking for learning in order to modify or change instruction as needed to ensure student understanding prior to reaching the end of a unit. Regardless of the type of assessment being used, they must be created and designed during the planning process. The use of rubrics when assigning work is critical to the students understanding of the expectations of the assignment. Once assessments have been administered, teachers need to use the results to plan future instruction.
Resources specific to Designing Student Assessments (Component 1F):
Analyzing Student Work wiki https://hcpssnewteacher.wikispaces.hcpss.org/Analyzing+Student+Performance
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