Curriculum Assessments in the Classroom

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Curriculum Assessments in the Classroom Introduction I believe that assessments are vital to generating data in order to inform instruction. To this end both formative and summative assessment instruments must be administered on a regular basis to monitor student academic progress. This enables one to judge the student's academic progress against content standards and make adjustments throughout the year as needed. By differentiating instruction lessons can be adjusted to meet each student's enrichment and remedial needs and each student will be academically challenged at their level. The key to student success is teacher expectations. The more we expect of our students the greater their achievements. Discussion More than evaluation, on-going assessment is a substantive contribution to learning. Assessments must foster understanding, rather than simply evaluating and is more than an end-of-the-unit test. Assessments need to inform students and teachers about both what students currently understand and how to proceed with subsequent teaching and learning. The two principle components of the ongoing assessment process are establishing criteria and providing feedback. The criteria for demonstrating understanding should be articulated explicitly at the beginning of each lesson, relevant to the goals for the unit, and public that is everyone in the classroom should know and understand them. Feedback needs to occur frequently, from the beginning of the unit to its
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