Assessments provide valuable information on student learning. Teachers conduct and analyze ongoing formative and summative assessment to inform their instruction. As we implement Common Core State Standards, we are likely looking at using a greater variety of assessments. Creating an assessment calendar enables us to see not only how often and what types of assessments they are using, but also what types of learning styles and multiple intelligences are addressed. Below are eight steps to follow along with corresponding factors to take into consideration. Summer is the perfect time to do some planning!
On a school-year calendar,
- Step 1: Determine “instructional days for students.”
- Step 2: Indicate each “end of marking period.”
- Step 3: Mark “school benchmark” tests, if any.
- Step 4: Mark “standardized test dates.”
- Step 5: Plan the length of your units and indicate summative assessment dates.
- Step 6: Identify the types of assessments you would like your students to experience throughout the year.
Consider a variety of formats:
A list of examples is provided below. If you do not see your favorites, add them!
|Answers to Objective Questions
Demonstration of Problem Solving
Report or research paper
Technology-based Slide Presentation/Prezi
Website or Weebly
Consider grouping: Individual, partner or group (with individual accountability and group accountability)
Consider access to technology:
Types of Devices
Administration/Implementation of Assessment
- Step 7: Match assessments to your units.
- Step 8: Adapt as needed.
With mindful planning, your assessments will be appropriate and relevant to each unit of study. Students will have multiple opportunities to provide evidence of proficiency on standards in different ways. Furthermore, you will be able to explain the purpose of each not only to the students but also parents/guardians and administrators. At the end of the year, you can explore with students which they thought were the most engaging and relevant to refine your calendar for the next year!