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Every Teacher’s Guide to Assessment

It’s not a stretch to say that assessment is a hot button issue in education; however, you’d be hard pressed to find an educator who doesn’t see the value in measuring student progress. Assessments themselves have been vilified, when, in fact, it’s why assessments are given and how the data is used that is really the issue. The Glossary of Education Reform gives this great overview of what high-stakes testing is and how it impacts students, teachers, and schools. Basically, high-stakes testing has consequences for the test-takers and givers—sometimes in the form of a high school diploma, grade advancement, and even teachers’ salaries. But not all assessment is high-stakes, and when done thoughtfully, the right assessment can provide extremely useful information for all stakeholders—students, teachers, parents, schools, and policy-makers Let’s take a look at what assessment is, why it’s important, and how it can be delivered in the classroom in a useful manner. What is assessment? Scoring

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27 Characteristics Of Authentic Assessment 27 Characteristics Of Authentic Assessment by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education What is “authentic assessment”? Paul Ford: What is Code? A computer is a clock with benefits. They all work the same, doing second-grade math, one step at a time: Tick, take a number and put it in box one. Tick, take another number, put it in box two. Tick, operate (an operation might be addition or subtraction) on those two numbers and put the resulting number in box one. Tick, check if the result is zero, and if it is, go to some other box and follow a new set of instructions. You, using a pen and paper, can do anything a computer can; you just can’t do those things billions of times per second.

8 Google Forms Formative Assessment Tips If you use Google Forms for formative assessment quizzes here are some tips for managing the resulting spreadsheet. When organizing data it is important that your data match. Trying to sort data by student name can be sketchy when students type in their own name. 33 Digital Tools for Advancing Formative Assessment in the Classroom I came across a great blog post the other day – Formative Assessments Are Easier Than You Think – that told the firsthand account of a teacher, Steven Anderson, who implemented formative assessment in his classroom. He used a sticky-note version of an exit ticket to elicit evidence of student learning and in his words, “what a difference that made.” Formative assessment is ‘easier than you think’ and with all the digital tools and apps now available for mobile devices it’s even easier.

4 Useful Tools for Creating Non-traditional Quizzes July 29, 2015 Here are four great web tools for creating online quizzes to share with your students. We have already reviewed these tools in separate posts in the past and some of you might already be familiar with them. However, for those of you who haven't seen them before, these are web-based platforms for creating a wide variety of interactive quizzes. More Progressive Ways to Measure Deeper Levels of Learning How do we measure learning beyond knowledge of content? Finding that winning combination of criteria can prove to be a complicated and sometimes difficult process. Schools that are pushing boundaries are learning that it takes time, a lot of conversation, and a willingness to let students participate in that evaluation. “Most schools and most of our learning stops at knowing and we need to move that and broaden it to the doing and the reflecting,” said Bob Lenz, co-founder & chief executive officer of Envision Schools while participating in a Deeper Learning MOOC panel.

Control Alt Achieve: 66 Question Checklist for Rolling Out Google Apps Every day more and more schools move to Google Apps for Education. It is a powerful solution to meet many needs for students and staff. Some benefits include:Programs - A wide variety of online tools including Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Gmail, Calendar, Sites, Classroom, Hangouts, and much more.Third Party Tools - Thousands of useful Add-ons, Web Apps, and Extensions to provide more features.Modularity - Choose just the tools you want to use, and who has access to them.Updates - Frequent automatic updates to all the tools so you always have the latest versions with the newest features.Central Management - Simple online management of all users, programs, and devices,21st Century Skills - Support for the skills our students needs for their future including collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking.Price - It’s free! So it is easy to see why so many schools are adopting Google Apps for Education.

Using Padlet as a Formative Assessment Tool Padlet (formerly known as Wallwisher) has been around for a while now. It acts as an online bulletin board where users place “digital sticky notes”. These digital stickies can contain text, web links, uploaded files, photos, and even video! They can be anonymous or students can be required to sign in. The reason why I like Padlet so much is because it is very customizable and lets teachers/students collaborate in different ways. LockDown Browser Licensing & Pricing Respondus LockDown Browser is provided as a "campus-wide license". It is renewed annually, and the fee is based on the size of the institution (student FTE enrollment). To obtain a campus-wide license, institutions should fill out the Respondus LockDown Browser License Agreement and return it with a purchase order number or payment. Licenses renew annually on August 1.

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