Standards Based Assessment Essay

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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 classroom, personal reflection upon how standards-based assessments are used in the classroom is based upon what the author feels should be happening. Assessment planning should occur before planning instruction. Standards and benchmarks are first identified then assessment is matched to the original learning target. Grading is controlled by the teacher while how grades are reported are directed by the district and state mandates (Butler and McMunn, 2006, p. 176). There seems to be a widening disparity between the two practices. Therefore, it is essential to address translation of assessment results into a grade that reflects achievement and can be understood by all stakeholders. There have been a number of problems noted with past, and in some cases, current grading practices. These

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