How do you use the different types of assessment in your classroom to promote student learning?
Most students don’t like tests. Testing can contribute to math anxiety for many students. Assessments can be difficult to structure properly and time-consuming to grade. And as a teacher, you know that student progress is so much more than a number on a report card.
But there’s so much more to assessments than delivering an end-of-unit exam or prepping for a standardized test. As mathematics educator Marylin Burns puts it:
“Making assessment an integral part of daily mathematics instruction is a challenge. It requires planning specific ways to use assignments and discussions to discover what students do and do not understand…The insights we gain by making assessment a regular part of instruction enable us to meet the needs of the students who are eager for more challenges and to provide intervention for those who are struggling.”