So what is assessment?
“We use the general term assessment to refer to all those activities undertaken by teachers ‐‐ and by their students in assessing themselves ‐‐ that provide information to be used as feedback to modify teaching and learning activities. Such assessment becomes formative assessment when the evidence is actually used to adapt the teaching to meet student needs.”
Inside the Black Box: Raising Standards Through Classroom Assessment by Paul Black and Dylan Wiliam (1998)
Assessment does not equal a level or a score. Assessment is about recognising where someone is at, and identifying how to support that pupil in order for them to move forward. Part of the assessment process is observing, discussion and providing feedback. There is also self-assessment and peer assessment. It is about focusing upon what you are wanting the pupils to be able to do, or know.
Assessment helps to show progress made against the success criteria, objectives and outcomes.
Baseline Assessment – what is the starting point?
Formative Assessment – on-going assessment at the point of learning, how is the lesson adapted and future lessons adapted to meet the needs of pupils?
Summative Assessment – assessment of outcomes, what can pupils now do?
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