Discussion 6: Assessment and the Curriculum

Discussion 6: Assessment and the Curriculum

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In the past, evaluating instruction was generally perceived to take place at the end of the instructional process. However, evaluation that takes place during the process of instruction, referred to as formative assessment (Links to an external site.), provides important evidence and data for reteaching, accelerating, and/or providing additional learning experiences through various modes. Summative evaluation (Links to an external site.) comes at the end of instruction in the form of final exams, unit exams, or end of course exams.

Instructors should remember that there are numerous other techniques other than testing for evaluating student performance.


As an instructional leader, how will you influence the appropriate development and implementation of assessments followed by the use of assessment data to inform instructional practices?

  • What action will you take to ensure teachers and trainers understand how to interpret student data?
  • What methods of communication will you utilize with students/learners to ensure they embrace assessment in a positive manner
  • Which alternative assessments will you encourage your teachers/trainers to use for assessment of student/learner performance?
  • How you will encourage “student/learner voice” in the assessment of performance.
  1. Be sure you cite your text book or at least 2 other sources and add resources at end.
  2. Be sure to respond to at least 2 classmates posts.

Requirements: 5 paragraphs


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Teachers need to identify assessment strategies early during the planning process of a lesson or multidisciplinary study. According to Wood (2015), assessments entail the information gathered through different techniques such as formative or summative methods. Formative assessments allow the teacher to assess student progress during the learning process using approaches like index cards, journal entries, hand signals, concept maps, short quizzes, interviews, and exit tickets. Further, summative assessments enable the teacher to assess the learners’ understanding after the end of a unit through semester tests, final projects, and end-of-course evaluations. Implementing the suitable assessments and using the data helps instructors decide on the instructional practices.

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