What's Involved in Student Assessment? Read On To Find Out!!

Always keep in mind that student assessment is an on-going process that should be based not only on assignments, or tests, quizzes and exams but also on student evaluation of their day-to-day seat work, class participation and homework completion.

All of these items, play a part in getting a true assessment of students achievements and students progress.

Not everyone does well on tests, quizzes and exams - did you?

WHY do you evaluate your students? Easy question, right! But please read my page on evaluating student learning and get some useful strategies to assist you with your student assessment.

Read below why student self assessment enhances the learning process by having each student identify his/her strengths and weaknesses, define their goals and motivate them to achieve these goals.

Also be sure to click on and read some of valuable teaching strategies on topics such as:

Rubrics - Now they have become a requirement, to be used as a standard for student assessment of their achievements, I truly believe they are essential and fabulous tools!

Student Grading/Marking - There is a lot of marking when it comes to teaching a grade - any grade. Obviously, the higher the grade, the more marking there is - for example, projects, special assignments, more homework as well.

Class Participation is an important part of a classroom's day-to-day routines and student evaluation. It helps to build student motivation and self esteem.

Homework - Read my answers to common homework questions asked by students and parents about the value and amount of homework, homework stress, homework tutors, and other homework issues.

Of course all of these assessment criteria help you develop your report card comments that you will use to communicate each student's progress throughout the year back to both student and parents.

And to help you out with writing your report cards, be sure to check out my Report Card Template and get a list of useful descriptive phrases for nine different learning skills that are all part of your report card comments.

To help you further understand and assess your students, discover more about the different learning types/personalities you have in your class by reading my page on Different Learning Types.

School peer pressure is experienced by most students today. There are things that as teachers and educators that we can do to help students handle peer pressure.

Why is Student Self Assessment Important?

There are several reasons why students should not only be allowed, but also encouraged to participate in their evaluation and assist you with your student assessments.

The bottom line is that it enhances the learning process by having each student identify his/her strengths and weaknesses, define their goals and motivate them to achieve these goals.

I have mentioned before that students are accountable to themselves.

You need to give your students situations where they have to use critical thinking and problem solving (and I'm not talking about math)skills.

Conference with your students, individually, with partners or in small groups, as time permits or depending upon the situation.

Have them place themselves in your shoes to assess a situation and their own performance.

Or when studying a novel for example, have them take on the role of one of the characters to think about how they would handle a particular situation.

Writing Self Assessment

In the school board where I taught, students, on their report cards could complete, on a volunteer basis, a one page self assessment. Since the purpose of report cards are to provide an assessment of student achievement, I made my students completion of the self assessment page mandatory.

On each set of report cards, I asked my students to describe 3 strengths (e.g. "I'm good in math because I know my times table") and 3 things they needed to improve on (e.g. "My reading isn't very good, so I will read for 20 minutes extra each night").

In my opinion, self assessment is an excellent way for all of us (not just students) to grow, improve and become better individuals.

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