Assessment of learning of Students

Assessment of learning of Students

Why?

Assessments form an important part of the teaching and learning process as they help all stakeholders realize the shortcomings and hence improve themselves for better outcomes and results. Assessments serve different purposes for different stakeholders, such as, for children it means to change their study methods, for teachers, it could be to change the execution in their classrooms or their planning and for parents it could mean a change in their parenting techniques. They are further necessary for the following reasons:

  • Assessment for learning: Assessments that help teachers and children understand the shortcomings of children and hence, help children improve their learning such that they know what to improve. 

  • Assessment of learning: Assessments that help teachers at the end of the teaching learning process of an academic year to map the children according to certain standards. 

How?

Assessments in the school are in the following forms:

  1. ASER assessment: ASER assessments are assessments set by an NGO by the name Pratham. These are used to assess children in the subject of Mathematics and Languages in counting, subtraction, division and reading letters, words and text at different levels. These skills in Mathematics and Languages form the building blocks of further knowledge and skills and shall take place once in a term. 

  2. Periodic Assessments: These assessments are in the form of formative pen and paper assessments and activity based assessments. These assessments for learning to help children understand their shortcomings and further with the help of teachers improve through improved facilitation or pedagogy that is suitable for children. 

  3. Term assessments: These assessments are summative in nature and in the form of pen and paper. They help teachers map the children according to their knowledge and abilities, hence help to reflect on their teaching practices to help children perform better in the future. 

  4. Classroom interaction: The interaction in the classroom will be noted with the intention to understand the progress of a child and further motivate the child to perform better than the current scenario.

What?

According to the dictionary, in education, the term assessment refers to the wide variety of methods or tools that educators use to evaluate, measure, and document the academic readiness, learning progress, skill acquisition, or educational needs of students.