Quick Assessment Tips

Formative assessments should have a quick turn around time, to provide students with their next steps. Try this quick method for assessing formative assessments

As teachers we are pressured to write novels of feedback on all tests and assignments. Check out the quick assessment tips I share below to lighten your marking load.

Not every assignment needs an official mark on a rubric 

As teachers we are addicted to giving a mark to everything we ask the students to complete. But not everything they do needs to be formally assessed for a mark. If we follow the gradual release model, students need many opportunities to practice a skill or task before they are formally assessed on it.

I use a check minus, check and check plus feedback system in my class. This way students are receiving timely feedback about concepts they have learned.

Check Minus = meet with the teacher to go over lesson/idea again

Check = keep going and use the bump it up board to add more details to your future assignments

Check Plus = WOW! you are exceeding assignment expectations – use the enrichment bins or ask for an enrichment project

Build feedback into your rubrics

When you are creating your marking sheets build the common feedback into the sheets so you can highlight it as your mark each assignment. It saves you time as the teacher from writing “proof read your work” 30, 40 or 100 times per assignment.

The first part of this example rubric is a checkbric where the teacher can check the level of achievement, and then provide strengths and next steps in the stars and wishes section of the rubric. I leave enough room along the sides and bottom of the rubric for a personal comment if it is needed.

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