Thursday, July 22, 2010


As I look at curriculum changes and using the SAS tool previously mentioned, there has been discussion about the 4 types of assessments:
  1. Benchmark - These tests are given to measure student progress against the benchmarks.
  2. Diagnostic - These are used to determine the current level of understanding and skill of the student.
  3. Formative - A check of understanding at multiple points along the way. Assessment for learning.
  4. Summative - Assessing what is known or assessment of learning.
As I start to work on the curriculum map for my classes, I can't help but reflect on the types of assessments offered in our past curriculum maps.

They would read: lab, test, quiz, homework. Surely we can do better than that.

If you were to fill an assessment column with each of these four types of assessments, what particular ideas would you have for assessing student learning?

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