Fri. Jun 14th, 2024
Kashfia Latafat

Assessment is at the heart of teaching and learning if its real essence is well received. The word ‘assessment’ has driven from earlier Latin meaning by “to sit beside”. However, among the community of education, it often leads to confusion, as it is usually used to refer to grades, judgment, classification, pass/fail whereas the purpose is to keep assessment side by side to teaching and learning processes.
The purpose of Assessment for learning (formative assessment) which is commonly overlooked in educational institutions, is to provide learning opportunities, working closely with students through activities. Feedback is the core of any kind of assessment. It helps teachers to reflect and improves their future practices, as assessment without feedback has limited value. I believe that formative assessments greatly improves the achievement of learners and helps identify the areas where the teachers and learners need improvement. These are not necessarily discrete approaches and may be used individually or together and formally or informally.
Sometimes students are judged solely on their ability to get good results in high-stakes assessments. Teachers might find it a daunting task to design activities that assess students’ higher-order thinking skills. However, upgrading skills in the realm of designing assessment techniques would help those producing better assessment strategies in their classrooms. Secondly, a change in teaching and assessment approaches would be seen, if teachers realize and make them self-accountable for the quality of work they are performing.
Lots of reference study, observation and testing has been done to further strengthen the assessment policy in schools. Establishing formative assessments in school takes time, requires additional professional training, yet the outcome that is to improve teaching and learning is significant. Lead teachers and facilitators should support teachers in developing their lesson plans by incorporating authentic assessment techniques. Students should also be informed about the techniques and criteria before the administration of a test of the performance of a task.
The primary purpose of assessment is to improve students’ learning and teachers’ teaching as both respond to the information it provides. Assessment for learning is an ongoing process that arises out of the interaction between teaching and learning. Assesses learning effectiveness is how well the information is used. School leaders can use the information to support their teachers and determine professional development needs. Learners and teachers can use the information gained from the assessment to determine the next teaching and learning steps.

By Kashfia Latafat

A researcher who loves to involve in collecting, organizing, and analyzing opinions and data to solve problems, explore issues, and predict trends.

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