This year we are collaborating at my school for our end of year assessments. Our objective is to create assessments which are somewhat open ended, while providing opportunities for the students to demonstrate that they understand, and can use, what they have learned this year. In my 9th grade class, it looks like we will be collaborating in Science, Math, and Design & Technology to produce an assessment. I’m pretty excited about it, it’s actually my first time doing a collaborative end of year assessment. I can’t tell you what it is yet, don’t want to let the cat out of the bag for my class. Every other school I’ve worked at the end of year assessment meant "Let’s give the students a final exam."
Although I’m still not convinced that these assessments are truly representative of everything the students have learned, I think they strike a much better balance between our need as educators to find out what the kids know, and the kids need to express themselves creatively.
Some sample assessments which could span multiple disciplines that could be used include:
- Create an eco-friendly model for our new school and find the cost of this new building. Present your findings to your peers, critically analyzing the process you went through. (Math, Science, Design & Technology, English)
- Determine if the water from the local lake is safe to drink. Present your findings to your peers. (Math, Science, English)
Please comment below if you have any other ideas as I am sure there are lots and lots of good ideas out there.