This is a short video that illustrates how we can get confused about what constitutes good assessment practices, and the impact of grading on learning. At Canadian Rockies Public Schools we are using the Assessment for Learning process to shift our understanding and practice around assessment. There are many streams of thought on assessment, grading and how they impact learning and CRPS is using research to inform our practice.
A key part of this is how teachers and schools communicate with students and parents through report cards and parent/teacher interviews. Our schools are in a round of parent/teacher interviews right now and so there is lots of talk about what’s working and what’s not working. These discussions are crucial to build understanding and collaboration between teachers, students, and parents.
Teacher Sandra Duggleby at Lawrence Grassi Middle School has written an excellent explanation of how important goal-setting is for students as part of the assessment cycle.