Tag Archives: assessment

Bias in assessment

Every form of assessment of learning has bias. This bias may be hidden, or it may be quite obvious. As Cathy O’Neil points out, assessment is a proxy for what we want to measure – learning. We cannot measure the building of connections between neurons that is happening in the brain directly (or even potentially […]

Assessment for learning

The director of our senior school, Brad Smith, is doing a workshop today in our staff meeting on assessment for learning. He’s found the following quotes, which he wants to use in his presentation. I’m helping him edit his presentation (since I have time, and he does not), and I’m hoping to find some photos […]

Imagine something different

See this piece of paper? (Image credit: D Sharon Pruitt)   Throw it away. Imagine the limitations of the piece of paper shown above do not influence how you share the record of learning your students have done, with their parents, and the wider community. Now remember the history of grading, which started with one William […]

How does your assessment fit into the big picture?

(Image credit: Dilbert comics) I think this comic speaks for itself. How do your assessments fit into the big picture? Is this clear to your students? (I doubt many educators are giving students assessments that a monkey could be taught to do.)

Experiments in assessment

Here a few experiments in assessment I’m considering for next year. Compare the results between an oral assessment (as in, find out what they can tell me they know verbally) and a traditional test. . Question: How much of a difference does the mode of assessment make?   Compare the results between a 10 minute […]

Grading is a compression algorithm

The objective of traditional grading is to compress information teachers have gathered about a student down into a single score to make understanding the information easier. One of the original reasons for this compression was the limitation on how much information could be shared on a single piece of paper. One of the purposes of […]

It’s time to redesign the report card

The typical report card looks like this (click to embiggen): image credit: rutlo image credit: Richard Giles image credit: clintjcl   A problem with these reports is they do not share with parents information that can be used to help their children improve their learning. What they share is information that is helpful to rank […]

A problem with averages

This xkcd comic demonstrates a big problem with averages.   By the way, this same problem occurs when you average grades as well. 

Separate process of work from the product of work

When I started working at my current school, I realized that they do something in assessment which is very rare. Our school separates the behaviours and all of the types of things which are part of the process of work from the summative grades which come from the assessments which are the product of work. We […]

Arbitrary Deadlines

I read this article by Alan Stange on assigning penalties to students who hand in work late. He makes the point at the end of his blog post, "There is in fact relatively little significance to learning to complete on time." I agree with this statement and I’m going to expand upon it. Who set […]