Quick Blog – Fair Assessment Idea

As I was going over prep materials for my Teach for America application, I began thinking about tests and assessments. This is an idea I had for how to approach assessments as a learning tool that can foster feelings of success in all students, not just the students that do well on the test.

Testing is the most efficient means of measuring student abilities. Each student, if satisfied, is free to accept the grade he or she earned on the assessment.

If the student is not satisfied, he or she can demonstrate an understanding of the material and I can give feedback and modify the test score to reflect true mastery of the subject matter. This gives students a “second-chance” and an ability to turn a perceived failure into demonstrable success, not only redeeming themselves but building concrete understanding of the lesson.

Extra credit points will also be freely given out for exemplary performance and for demonstrating command of course content. This includes helping peers achieve and learn the material.

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2 thoughts on “Quick Blog – Fair Assessment Idea

  1. Do you think this would work on a larger scale? It sounds pretty time-intensive.

    • Large scale? Like a 300 hundred student class? No. But I am thinking more along the lines of a high school or junior high class. So, 30 kids.

      I am thinking mainly of a math course, and at those levels, it wouldn’t take much for students to show a comprehension of material. It would certainly require the instructor to be engaged, but I don’t think that is asking a lot. It’s asking a minimum, really.

      The hope is really that the assessment is well designed, so it should pinpoint the student’s area of difficulty and, as an instructor, I could focus on that, and with just a short conversation, have them explain that concept and demonstrate it quickly.

      It would also require the students to be engaged as well, but that issue goes beyond assessment alone.

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