Assessment FOR Learning

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Assessment OF Learning

 

  Assessment OF Learning Assessment FOR Learning
Reasons for Assessing Document individual or group achievement or mastery of standards; measure achievement status at a point in time for the purposes of reporting Promote increases in achievement to help students meet more standards; support ongoing student growth
To inform Others about students Students about themselves
Focus of Assessment Achievement standards for which schools, teachers, and students are held accountable Specific achievement targets selected by teachers that enable students to build toward standards
Driving Priority Accountability Improvement
Place in Time Event after learning Process during learning
Unique Characteristics Secure test often externally scored; test items and scoring procedures standardized for all students Exercises and scoring criteria are written in student-friendly terms and always scores in the classroom; procedures may not be standardized

"A man's errors are his portals of discovery." James Joyce

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