Reflection on Alternative Assessments Traditional and alternative assessments share some key elements, yet differ as well. All assessments, whether given as a test after a unit or alternative, should be measurable and be reliable and valid by having clear criteria to measure the learning targets. Traditional and alternative assessments generally differ in timing, feedback, student’s involvement, and how the teacher uses the information though. The time in which traditional assessments such as after the unit tests are designed to provide feedback is at the end of a unit only. There is also generally a time limit to complete this type of assessment as well. These are not true of alternative assessments.
A KW or pre-test can provide feedback before a lesson or unit. Nearly all alternative assessments can also provide ongoing feedback during the lesson or unit as well as after it is completed. Also, many alternative assessments do not have a time constraint to demonstrate understanding of content. The feedback given from a traditional assessment is a letter or percentage grade, which does not tell the content that the student knows, only a measure of quantity of knowledge from a scale of nothing to everything.
This feedback is used to tell the teacher and / or school whether or not to promote the student and how they fall in comparison to the other students. With alternative assessments the feedback can be used by all parties (teacher, student, parent, and school) to know how the student is doing with the content at a given time. If a student is not doing well this can be used as a learning opportunity rather than a brand of failure. Since there will usually be a variety of methods used when doing alternative assessments, there is also a wealth of different types of feedback available about the students’ progress throughout the unit. With traditional assessments, there is no student involvement in the process other than to take the test. With traditional assessments students (and even parents) can be involved in all steps of the process.
Understand how types and methods of assessment are used in lifelong learning. & 1.1) Analysis how types of assessment are used in lifelong learning. Assessment – It is a way of finding out if learning has taken place. It enables the teacher to ascertain if his/her student has gained the required skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes needed at a given point towards their programme of learning. ...
They can create, facilitate, take, and evaluate the assessments. For example, with a rubric students could create a rubric with their own criteria, give this rubric to each other or themselves, and then using the results evaluate their or their peer’s progress. Students can use these alternative assessments to understand their own learning, rather than being told what they know. Traditional assessments are after instruction is given and does not effect the teacher’s decisions of what or how to teach the given unit. Alternative assessments on the other hand can effect a teacher’s instructional decisions throughout the unit. A teacher may use information from a pre-test to alter the unit that will be taught, comments in learning logs to incorporate an additional lesson on content that was difficult to students, or interviews with students to know which students may benefit from revisiting material as well as those who should move on.
Since alternative assessments provide feedback throughout a unit and can show student growth in a variety of ways they are useful in showing parents their students’ progress and growth, not just a letter or number. Parents are able to actually ‘see’ both their students’ work and the criteria with which it was measured. Parents can see which criteria their students have met or are working towards. They can see what their students believe they know or are struggling with.
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They can also see that there has in fact been progress and growth throughout the unit and school year in their students’ understanding or ability level. Alternative assessments, in comparison to the traditional end of unit test, are a more interactive, informative, useful, and accurate means of assessing student progress and growth.