Standard 8: Assessment and Evaluation. Candidates know, understand and use formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuing intellectual, social and physical development of the learner.
Supporting Explanation Candidates understand the characteristics, uses, advantages and limitations of different types of assessments for evaluating student learning. They select, construct and use formal and informal assessment strategies and instruments appropriate to the learning expectations being evaluated to make instructional decisions based on this information. They actively solicit and use information about students’ learning needs and progress from parents, other colleagues and the students themselves. Candidates develop and maintain useful records of student work and progress and responsibly communicate student progress to students, parents and other colleagues.
My Reflection of This Strategy Without assessment and evaluation a teacher has no legs to stand on. Formal and informal assessments must always be ongoing in my classroom. I believe that informal assessment is great, but must still always be documented. Assessment allows a teacher to create high expectations for students and always follow through with them.
Abstract Explanation: Below I have included parts of one major assessment project that I completed while student teaching in the 2nd grade. The charts below are from that project. I was responsible for recording grades for all assessments given on days when a new skill was taught. The entire lesson was on 2 digit subtraction. The first chart includes all of the grades during the unit for each student. The graphs following are different ways I chose to represent my data to show growth. I focused on looking at a high child (green), a middle child (yellow), and a low child (red).
The second abstract that abstract that I have included is from a Literature Circles assignment that is attached with Standard 4. There are 3 various types of rubrics that I would use to assess independent work, group work, and an overall evaluation form.