Reflection on Alternative Assessments Essay

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Reflection on Alternative Assessments Traditional and alternative assessments share some key elements, yet differ as well. All assessments, whether given as a test after a unit or alternative, should be measurable and be reliable and valid by having clear criteria to measure the learning targets. Traditional and alternative assessments generally differ in timing, feedback, student's involvement, and how the teacher uses the information. The time in which traditional assessments such as after the unit tests are designed to provide feedback is at the end of a unit only. There is also generally a time limit to complete this type of assessment as well. These are not true of alternative assessments. A KWL or pre-test can…show more content…
Since there will usually be a variety of methods used when doing alternative assessments, there is also a wealth of different types of feedback available about the students? progress throughout the unit. With traditional assessments, there is no student involvement in the process other than to take the test. With traditional assessments students (and even parents) can be involved in all steps of the process. They can create, facilitate, take, and evaluate the assessments. For example, with a rubric students could create a rubric with their own criteria, give this rubric to each other or themselves, and then using the results evaluate their or their peer?s progress. Students can use these alternative assessments to understand their own learning, rather than being told what they know. Traditional assessments are after instruction is given and does not effect the teacher?s decisions of what or how to teach the given unit. Alternative assessments on the other hand can effect a teacher?s instructional decisions throughout the unit. A teacher may use information from a pre-test to alter the unit that will be taught, comments in learning logs to incorporate an additional lesson on content that was difficult to students, or interviews with students to know which students may benefit from revisiting material as well as those who should move on. Since alternative assessments provide
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