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A story about a sixth grade teacher in an urban school, which illustrates some important classroom assessment themes. Then, this module continues by illustrating basic concepts in classroom assessment with a focus on assessment for learning.
The primary author of this module is Dr. Rosemary Sutton.

Kym teaches sixth grade students in an urban school where most of the families in the community live below the poverty line. Each year the majority of the students in her school fail the state-wide tests. Kym follows school district teaching guides and typically uses direct instruction in her Language Arts and Social Studies classes. The classroom assessments are designed to mirror those on the state-wide tests so the students become familiar with the assessment format. When Kym is in a graduate summer course on motivation she reads an article called, “Teaching strategies that honor and motivate inner-city African American students” (Teel, Debrin-Parecki,&Covington, 1998) and she decides to change her instruction and assessment in fall in four ways. First, she stresses an incremental approach to ability focusing on effort and allows students to revise their work several times until the criteria are met. Second, she gives students choices in performance assessments (e.g. oral presentation, art project, creative writing). Third, she encourages responsibility by asking students to assist in classroom tasks such as setting up video equipment, handing out papers etc. Fourth, she validates student’ cultural heritage by encouraging them to read biographies and historical fiction from their own cultural backgrounds. Kym reports that the changes in her students’ effort and demeanor in class are dramatic: students are more enthusiastic, work harder, and produce better products. At the end of the year twice as many of her students pass the State-wide test than the previous year.

Afterward. Kym still teaches sixth grade in the same school district and continues to modify the strategies described above. Even though the performance of the students she taught improved the school was closed because, on average, the students’ performance was poor. Kym gained a Ph.D and teaches Educational Psychology to preservice and inservice teachers in evening classes.

Kym’s story illustrates several themes related to assessment that we explore in this chapter on teacher-made assessment strategies and in the [link] Chapter 12 on standardized testing. First, choosing effective classroom assessments is related to instructional practices, beliefs about motivation, and the presence of state-wide standardized testing. Second, some teacher-made classroom assessments enhance student learning and motivation —some do not. Third, teachers can improve their teaching through action research. This involves identifying a problem (e.g. low motivation and achievement), learning about alternative approaches (e.g. reading the literature), implementing the new approaches, observing the results (e.g. students’ effort and test results), and continuing to modify the strategies based on their observations.

Best practices in assessing student learning have undergone dramatic changes in the last 20 years. When Rosemary was a mathematics teacher in the 1970s, she did not assess students’ learning she tested them on the mathematics knowledge and skills she taught during the previous weeks. The tests varied little format and students always did them individually with pencil and paper. Many teachers, including mathematics teachers, now use a wide variety of methods to determine what their students have learned and also use this assessment information to modify their instruction. In this chapter the focus is on using classroom assessments to improve student learning and we begin with some basic concepts.

Basic concepts

Assessment is an integrated process of gaining information about students’ learning and making value judgments about their progress (Linn&Miller, 2005). Information about students’ progress can be obtained from a variety of sources including projects, portfolios, performances, observations, and tests. The information about students’ learning is often assigned specific numbers or grades and this involves measurement . Measurement answers the question, “How much?” and is used most commonly when the teacher scores a test or product and assigns numbers (e.g. 28 /30 on the biology test; 90/100 on the science project). Evaluation is the process of making judgments about the assessment information (Airasian, 2005). These judgments may be about individual students (e.g. should Jacob’s course grade take into account his significant improvement over the grading period?), the assessment method used (e.g. is the multiple choice test a useful way to obtain information about problem solving), or one’s own teaching (e.g. most of the students this year did much better on the essay assignment than last year so my new teaching methods seem effective).

The primary focus in this chapter is on assessment for learning , where the priority is designing and using assessment strategies to enhance student learning and development. Assessment for learning is often formative assessment , i.e. it takes place during the course of instruction by providing information that teachers can use to revise their teaching and students can use to improve their learning (Black, Harrison, Lee, Marshall&Wiliam, 2004). Formative assessment includes both informal assessment involving spontaneous unsystematic observations of students’ behaviors (e.g. during a question and answer session or while the students are working on an assignment) and formal assessment involving pre-planned, systematic gathering of data. Assessment of learning is formal assessment that involves assessing students in order to certify their competence and fulfill accountability mandates and is the primary focus of the next chapter on standardized tests but is also considered in this chapter. Assessment of learning is typically summative , that is, administered after the instruction is completed (e.g. a final examination in an educational psychology course). Summative assessments provide information about how well students mastered the material, whether students are ready for the next unit, and what grades should be given (Airasian, 2005).

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Harley
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LEARN Reply
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Daniel Reply
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EVANS Reply
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ayman
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Hunny
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Hunny
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Arooj
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Arooj
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ABIOLA
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Hunny
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Chandrakant
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Clinton
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zaynab
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Becca
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Odey
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JIGNA
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JIGNA
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JIGNA
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Gel
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keenu
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keenu
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Becca
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Anis
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Satra
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Fred
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ayman
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Hunny
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Pauline
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Olukunle
Hello
Dungrani
Tell me some facts about developmental psychlogy
Hasham
What does psyche means? soul
Louisiana Reply
psychology= scientific study of the mind and behavior
Louisiana
Associated to outside stimuli or internal.
Rob
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Elizabeth
it is the study of human nature. it is the study of man, man as a being living in an over-changing world, responding to things and events and other people.
ayman
Cognition is more about knowing. Learning, for instance, changes or at least has some effect on cognitive style. And Constructivism is more of a method or way to know and learn. This is the way I see these concepts. If you may please, tell me, have I got them correct?
Vijay Reply
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Will
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Hunny
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Hunny
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Will
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Hunny
what is episodic memory?
Subhasmita Reply
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Trish
past memory
Trish
episodic memory is a collection of past personal experiences.
Preet
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Nazakat
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Vijay
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Paveethra
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mahendra
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Jonah
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Martin
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worthy or goodneas
Trish
integrity
Genata
merit /ˈmɛrɪt/ Learn to pronounce noun the quality of being particularly good or worthy, especially so as to deserve praise or reward. "composers of outstanding merit" synonyms:excellence, goodness, standard, quality, level, grade, high quality, calibre, worth, good, credit, eminence, worthin
Jonah
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Jonah
look at it like Morale Credit
Jonah
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Carlnisha
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TheReal Reply
Which one are you aware of? I'm aware of that psychology is the study of mind and behaviour?
Onesmo
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TheReal
really
ravi
"Scientific" study of behaviour & mental processes..
ravi
Yes of course"scientific study" even the first definition is scientific but I'm wondering if "mental process is not included in the mind cause, mind is all about mental processes!
Onesmo
in general and what they teach in PSYC101 yes, psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes, but as you go deeper, you will get more detailed definitions, for example cognitive psychology is the same definition plus emphasis in mental processes.
Mohammed
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TheReal
Hlw, everyone. Nice to meet you guys. May I know that How to know about the psychological condition of any person ?
Sayantan Reply
like? you can know based on symptoms
john
actions
Amy
How can I determine, whether the person's intention are not good ?
Sayantan
basically you have to observe any person is he/she anxious or have any stress. for that you have to talk and make a good positive relation and being comfortable to person. you have to assist her personality. don't be judgemental. try to under stand her environment . don't be a emotional.
Nitin
cool, what if my opposite person acts moody....?
Sayantan
if you observe serious mood swings may be he/she suffer from some neurotic problem like bipolar.or may be some action affects negatively
Nitin
observation is very skilled task you can't just learned from a online platform. i just completed my Post graduation diploma in clinical psychology. but still i can't able to well define the mood of patients
Nitin
what's your opinion about the mood swings...? What are the causes (except periods of girls).
Sayantan
I agee on the bipolar, what kind of Moody?
Tina
moody means, suppose a person is talking softly with me but within a fraction of seconds he is starting reacting...
Sayantan
what type of mood swings anger-happy , normal-anger. extra energetic and low aur any other symptom
Nitin
normal- anger that generally causes due to frustration
Sayantan
and due to frustration emerged aggression
Sahni
How many types of characters, does humans have ?
Sayantan
types of characters or should you personality or temperament?
DHRUV
which one suits best ?
Sayantan
if personality, then how many types of personality are their in human
Sayantan
well there 5 basic types defined by terman though there are numerous types as per the different theorists over the time 1. Introversion 2. extraversion 3.agreeable 4. concitiousness 5.neuroticism.
DHRUV
these r 5 traits of personality
DHRUV
Basically I know about the first two. so what are the next 3
Sayantan
im very intrigued
Karena
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patwerking Reply
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Max
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patwerking
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patwerking
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Hunny
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Hunny
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Anna
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Sai
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Hunny
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Anna
girl
Hunny
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Sai
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Hunny
who
Hunny
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Sai
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Gerald
m working at hsptl
Hunny
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Hunny
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Nirali
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Hunny
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Nirali
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Hunny
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Hunny
Mumbai, India
Nirali
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Khwabeeda
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Dr
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Hunny
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Hunny
hey there (seniors) ..am an undergraduate student right now
Khwabeeda
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Nirali
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Hunny
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Hunny
🙂
Hunny
what do I have to do for becoming additional psychologist ? if any of you can suggest some key points
Khwabeeda
I am Ann from Russia. I am 28. :-) I am learning psychology by myself for prepare to enter at the university as a psychologist. I am looking for somebody who want to learn psychology together and discuss topics :-)
Anna
I am 17
Sai
If someone wants to study together and discuss topics, write briefly about yourself and share yours contacts please :)
Anna
I am 17
Sai
i want
Hunny
I am 17
Sai
hello my people
Samuel
m from pakistan...
Hunny
hey
Kanika
i want 2 learn how 2 deal with mently dsturbd prson
Hunny
anna
Samuel
i m 24
Hunny
hy
Hunny
anna....
Hunny
Yeah i want to learn that too
yaswanti
it's very interesting to see there brain function with their illness compare to a some what sane person 🤔
Gerald
how should i deal with somebody who is already too much disturbed with his past... that he doesn't pay attention to his present
yaswanti
Anna how are you
Samuel
also want to learn about brain parts their function n role of neurotransmitters
Hunny
hii
Yendluri
can anyone teach me human psychology
Yendluri
India Punjab Patiala pursuing MAPC IGNU through cc
rajesh
becoz I am going into that field
Yendluri
have u not any idea about human psychology
Hunny
u should go....
Hunny
what do u want to know about human psychology
yaswanti
yaswanti...how can u xplan it
Hunny
explain what...human psychology?
yaswanti
no no m asking about cognition
Hunny
completly how people judge and how I have to do it criminal psychology behaviour of humans so on,how to attract people towards our side during interview
Yendluri
a lot of it reiterating that things that have happened in the past is in the past and that we can't go back to change it however we can learn from it so we don't make the same mistakes over and the most important you'll have to find different ways of getting your message a cross.
Gerald
if you know iam glad to know
Yendluri
anyboby have mcqs relatd to psychology with answers for the preparation of compition papr
Hunny
Which exam r u preparing for?
yaswanti
is there anyone to help
Yendluri
4 the admission of ms clinical psychology
Hunny
i nd hlp kindly plz
Hunny
hlw
Sayantan
aoa
Hunny
sorry but i don't know have the MCQs
yaswanti
hmm...its ok dear
Hunny
I want to know how to deal with somebody with a horrible past... somebody full of complexes
yaswanti
Yaswanti Bura, horrible past mean ?
Sayantan
with full trust worthy...
Hunny
no dude , only trust is not the solution
Sayantan
hii. i am kanika from india and i am 18. i have opted for computer science course and want to learn psychology in my part time . can anybody help
Kanika
gee from the state's
Gerald
Horrible past here means...pat full of violence, drug addiction, bad company and loneliness
yaswanti
ok cool, first you have to know whether the person is extrovert or introvert.
Sayantan
according to me, generally people who are extrovert ,they suffer from bad company and loneliness while people who are introvert they goes for violence or drug addictions.
Sayantan
He's definitely an introvert...never shares his problems and acts like everything is fine when from inside he is full of complexes and doesn't trust people
yaswanti
he is addicted to drugs ?
Sayantan
I don't think so
Sayantan
Yes...he says it's a distraction but never mentions distraction from what...though i have a good idea what he's running from
yaswanti
What's your relationship with him ?
Sayantan
We know each other from a year and a half... he's my friend though he claims that I'm his best friend and i know more about him than anyone else
yaswanti
Your and his age ?
Sayantan
16 and...17 respectively
yaswanti
You told , you know lots of things about him than others, right ?
Sayantan
M from Nigeria l am undergraduate student
Zainab
aoa zainab...m sana from pakistan
Hunny
how far
Zainab
Yeah that's right i know more about him than others
yaswanti
I am in skull of community health ,I studies little in spychology
Zainab
Hey I am Tanin! From Bangladesh! I am studying Sociology, BSS Honours First Year..Social Pshychology is one of my major course. I am expecting that you guys will help me 🙂
Shanjida
cool, you know almost more than a half year, so when you first became his friend he was like this only ? or he suddenly changed ?
Sayantan
He has changed...remarkably...he loses his temper more, he more alone, sometimes when he is saying something it's like there's something else he wants to tell me from those lines but i can't grasp the idea, he's more lost now than he was when i met him...
yaswanti
am a student of M.A in applied Psychology
Sarmistha Reply
plz suggest a good health psychology book
Sarmistha
In thinking about the case of Candace described earlier, do you think that Candace benefitted or suffered as a result of consistently being passed on to the next grade?
Herlande Reply
i didn't see the story but my opinion just based on question.suffered.she was passed over peers her age and emotional maturity level.
Crystal
Lees: how many types or branches of psychology do we have?
Samuel Reply
roughly 10
Chloe
wow! that's cool
Samuel
it ranges from occupational psychology to forensic psychology
Chloe
alright dear thanks a lot
Samuel
Hi everyone. I've just started a Introductory to Psychology Course (Open Learning). First day today.
Kerri
wlcm dear
Hunny
Kerri...same here man👊
yaswanti
I'm already fascinated by the work of Albert Ellis.
Kerri
I like sigmund freud more... he was amazing
yaswanti
hello, I'm new here, Joel by name, from Nigeria
joel
Give me a few minute. I'll be right back.
Kerri
am also Chris from Nigeria
CHRIS
OK
CHRIS
Mr kerri,sorry where are you from
CHRIS
My name is Amy, iam from Canada... I believe in the CBT but at the moment iam really having a hard time changing my thinking.
Amy
OK,so sorry for that
CHRIS
hlo...m back
Hunny
Gud to have u back
yaswanti
CBT is a great branch I think you should go with it
john
their are lots of branches. Aviation psychology. Biopsychology. Clinical psychology. Cognitive psychology. Community psychology. Comparative psychology. Consumer psychology. Counseling psychology. Abnormal psychology. Behavioural psychology. Cross-cultural psychology. Development psychology. etc
Sayantan
Educational psychology Forensic psychology. Health psychology. Personality psychology. and many more
Sayantan
There's lots of fields in psychology
Jeff
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