33. Simple Assessment

Abstract: Teachers are responsible for the assessment and evaluation of student work; they need to know the difference between these two terms, and understand the procedures for doing each. Assessment consists of a systematized method of collecting data for the purpose of review. Assessment comes in two types – traditional and alternative. Information gathered using either type can serve a number of educational purposes of setting grades, improving student learning, and informing the teacher’s instructional practice. Assessment should not be confused with evaluation – the process of determining the worth of student performance as reflected by assessment information. No one responsible for assessment and evaluation should be without a basic understanding of cheating and what role it can play in the educational process.

Assessment versus Evaluation – A Critical Sequence – Assessment Types – Question Types – Question Formats – Examination Concerns – Writing Exam Questions – Administering and Scoring Examinations – Test Results and Question Appeals – Make-up Work – Attendance, Behavior, Effort, and Extra Credit – Dealing with Retakes – Dealing with Cheating – Preventing Cheating