Rick addresses the emotional dynamics of the assessment experience from the student’s point of view. Those dynamics reveal that learners benefit from partnering with their teacher in ongoing formative assessment as they grow.
Rick describes how to use formative assessment practices effectively in the classroom, detailing 5 keys to quality and highlighting the importance of student involvement in the ongoing assessment of their own achievement as they grow.
Rapid changes in our society necessitate that schools produce students capable of adapting the rapid changes in their professional and personal lives; they must be capable lifelong learners.
Rick outlines the elements of truly balanced local assessment systems; that is, systems that meet the information needs of all assessment users/instructional decision makers from the classroom to the boardroom.
Both applications serve important purposes, but those purposes are different. One seeks to help students learn more while the other serves to certify level of attainment.
Rick begins the video series with brief definitions of assessment in general and formative assessment in particular; that is, the use of classroom assessment practices to support student learning success.