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Camesha Hill-Carter on Looking at Assessment in a Different Light

My name is Dr. Camesha Hill-Carter and I teach Teacher Education Methods in Reading Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. In Teacher Education, we often come across three types of assessments: diagnostic, formative, and summative. Regardless of the assessment, teachers often lose sight of what the data gathered from the assessments actually mean.  Should educators look for growth of a student, accuracy of skill taught, or just completion?

Once a student fails a particular skill or strategy, the educator reteaches and reassesses the student. Often, the educator averages the two scores together and makes a new score- does that makes sense?

Hot Tip: Assessments and grading should focus on how well – not when – the student mastered the designated knowledge and skill (McTighe& Connor, 2005).  The following analogy, provided by McTighe and Conner (2005), demonstrates the idea behind this ideology.  A driver education student fails his/her driving test the first time.  After diligently studying for the exam, the student decides to take the test again, passing on the second attempt.  The driver examiner does not average the first test and the second nor does the new license indicate the driver passed the test on the second attempt. The student passed.

How would this revolutionize your class? The community of learners you serve?  Removing the old grade when a new grade is achieved speaks to learning from one’s mistakes and having an opportunity to retrain and reassess. Ask yourself this question: How many times did it take you to attempt to pass a test that was detrimental to your employment?  If your answer is more than once, you were given an opportunity to do your best, even if you had to come back six months later to do it over. Doing their best is what we want of our students.

McTighe, J., & O’Connor, K. (2005). Seven practices for effective learning. Educational Leadership, 63(3), 10-17.

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  • Captain Richard Arlington Briggs, Jr. · February 3, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Dr. Carter-Hill!
    G’day and Howdy from Killeen, Texas!
    Neighbors to the U.S. Army’s Fort Hood-“The Great Place!” and regional home to Texas A&M University – Central Texas (TAMUCT)! Yes, “Warriors!” not “Step-Aggies!”

    During the Summer 2014, I transferred from a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program at Rockford University in Northern Illinois to return home to Texas.

    One particular course of note from the previous Spring 2014 semester, as I would relate to be the crux of your blog, would be an English as a Second Language (ESL). The focus of teaching and assessing would be to use the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) found in the text, Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners The SIOP Model authored by Echevarria, Vogt, and Short (2013), 4th edition.

    As I recently completed the Fall 2014 semester at TAMUCT, where I had the privilege to learn about Understanding by Design (UbD) from the Expanded 2nd Edition from Wiggins and McTughe (2005) in order to think like an Assessor, I noted the need for a dynamic approach/concept/method to better facilitate assessing ALL students, simultaneously, within an inclusive classroom.

    Have you explored the possibility of these two concepts/methods melded together in a forum such as theatre arts education classroom?

    Currently, I am formulating a template which I will use to address the educational requirements for children with Special Education (SPED)needs, ESL concerns, as well as General Education (GEN ED) student Home School populations within our greater Central Texas (CENTEX) area.

    Most helpful in this forthcoming template will be the incorporation of applicable methods such as those found in Lerner and Johns text book, Learning Disabilities and Related Disabilities Strategies for Success, Thirteenth edition (2015).

    Again, thank you for sharing your blog.

    I look forward to your feedback and remarks.

    Aye!
    As always, and ever, in Service,
    Capt. Rick. ;-D

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