Assessment For Students And Schools Performances

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Introduction

Assessment for many years has been used in a summative manor to quantify student’s abilities to compare students and schools performances. Although necessary to some degree this assessment of learning is using assessment ineffectively as assessment when used properly is a very effective learning tool. Assessment for Learning is defined as “ the process of seeking and interpreting evidence for use by learners and their teachers to decide where learners are the their learning, where they need to go and how best to get there” (Assessment Reform Group, 2002).

The starting point for this piece has to be the work of Black and Wiliam Assessment and classroom learning (1998) and Inside the black box: Raising standards through classroom assessment (1998). Black and Wiliam (1998) after reviewing 250 studies found that using assessment for learning substantially improved student’s achievement, which can only come from successful learning. However the studies reveled that frequent in class assessment was very rare and that teachers would require support to allow them to integrate assessment for learning into their lessons Black and Wiliam (1998). It was these findings that lead to Science inside the black box (Black and Harrison, 2004), which was specifically written to “offer advice to teacher on how to interact more effectively with students, on a day-to-day basis, promoting their learning. Millar and Osborne (1998) support the use of formative assessment in science…
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