The text repeatedly mentions giving feedback to students to further their learning. Giving examples from the text, describe how certain assessment approaches either help or hinder giving feedback.
The article mentions that educators should be mindful of weather ”they are measuring what is easy to measure or what is most valuable to measure.” The traditional method of pen and paper multiple choice testing happens after learning has occurred, and students don’t get their results for weeks! The article mentions how this sort of assessment offers no areas for feedback, and that it is really hard to return to a topic to fill in grey areas after you have already moved on. One proposed solution is including technology. Students that take a multiple choice exam online often get their results immediately and can contact the professor with questions before the material is overshadowed by the next unit. The text also encourages educators to think about weather it is worth devoting the time and effort to this test. Maybe there is another form of assessment that can be used instead of having a test every 2 weeks. Students often get more knowledge and enriched experiences from class activities and interactive learning instead of learning how to become a good test taker. Interactive activities allow students to collaborative with peers and get feedback from their classmates about a topic they might be struggling with. Allowing students to collaborate also lets them learn from each other and develop new ways to think about a topic (Other than the way you teach it as an educator).
Formative assessments are a great way to offer feedback to students. They are a great resource for teachers to track their students progress and catch any red flags right away. They are also a good self check for teachers to see if their lesson actually conveyed all the learning objectives it needed to. The text also talks about assessment data and how it can be very beneficial to students if they receive it in a timely manner. When students have access to their data, “they can play a larger role in choosing their own learning pathway.” This can also be a great resource to have parents become more involved in their students’ learning and also provide feedback and assistance to their child.