Cur 562: Standards-Based Assessments

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Standards-Based Assessments Alice Rienzo CUR 562/ Standards-Based Curriculum and Instruction University of Phoenix Online July 12, 2008 Abstract Standards-based assessment is the primary outcome of standards-based reform. Well-designed tests ensure that all students have the knowledge and skills that they need to succeed at the next level. Multiple sources of assessments are gathered as evidence of authentic learning and student achievement. Grading practices are reviewed and reorganized around the standards. Standards-Based Assessments Standards-based assessment is the primary outcome of standards-based reform. Well-designed tests ensure that all students have the knowledge and skills that they need to succeed at the next level. By using multiple and diverse sources, teachers can be certain that they have enough evidence to assess student learning. Understandably, the new way of teaching has had some teachers in a quandary as to the best method for panning lessons. Since the author is not currently teaching in the…show more content…
Efficient grade books should be organized around the standards (Appendix A). While all assessment data should be recorded, such as diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments, only summative assessments should count toward final grades. Formative assessments and quizzes should only be used for immediate feedback given to students. Teachers should consider eliminating the practice of distributing zeros for uncompleted assignments. Instead, directing the student to redo the assignment is a more productive method of measuring mastery of the content. Finally, grading practices should be shared with the parents along with any relative conversion scales (Appendix
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