Archive for the ‘Assessment’ Category

Math Teachers in our Data-Driven World —

Does your school have data teams and PLCs? Analyzing student performance and planning strategies for improved instruction are huge right now. A critical missing piece is the stated role of the math teacher in these data discussions. What if schools tapped the talents of math teachers to work with staff on interpreting student scores? What [...]

How Important is Appropriate Questioning and Assessment For Learning to deliver Outstanding” Lessons? —

How Important is Appropriate Questioning and Assessment For Learning to deliver Outstanding” Lessons? As a professional tutor and an aspiring OfSTED inspector the concept of “Appropriate Questioning” in assessment for learning is an aspect of pedagogy that I have regular discussions on. This is especially so when debating the link between successful questioning and outstanding [...]

Formative Assessment – Norm referenced assessment and ipsative assessment. —

Within formative assessment there are norm referenced assessment, criterion referenced assessment and “ipsative” assessment. Assessment defined as “Non reference” is where a learner is compared to another set of learners. An example of this “diagnostic” approach is CATS tests where learners are measured against an average for their age group. These tests are used to [...]

What are the 10 principles of Assessment for Learning (AFL)? —

For PGCE or GTP students the following principles will be ideas that you have heard in lectures, if you have not than these are concepts that you need to get yourself familiar with; 1. Assessment for learning should be part of effective planning of teaching and learning A teacher’s planning should provide opportunities for both learner and [...]

What is assessment for learning (AFL)? —

Assessment for learning: a powerful way to improve learning and raise standards. Assessment for learning involves using assessment in the classroom to raise pupils’ achievement. It is based on the idea that pupils will improve most if they understand the aim of their learning, where they are in relation to this aim and how they [...]