|Designing Effective Projects : Planning Projects|
|Assessment in Projects|
|Assessment Scenarios Then and Now
Twenty years ago, a typical classroom may have encompassed one of three assessment scenarios: learners taking a written exam, learners making oral presentations, or the teacher administering a quiz with oral questions, while learners responded on paper. The teacher would teach the content, assess the learners using one of these strategies, record the marks, and move on to the next unit of learning.
Today’s classroom reflects a very different assessment scenario. Tests and quizzes are still present but are not the sole method of assessing learner learning. Instead, a variety of assessment strategies take place at multiple points in a unit of learning, including:
The primary purpose of classroom assessment today is to improve learning and refine teaching and learning. Assessment is not a solitary event but rather a continual process throughout a project. Embedded and ongoing assessment is at the heart of project-based learning and provides a means for learners to show what they know in many ways. Assessment becomes a tool for improvement rather than a test of intelligence or accumulation of facts. With assessment embedded throughout a unit of learning, teachers learn more about their learners’ needs and can adjust teaching to improve learner achievement.
To fully take advantage of the benefits of these strategies, assessments should target specific informational goals, such as:
With learner-centered assessment, learners have more involvement in all assessment processes and need opportunities to learn and practice:
To help learners succeed, provide learners with:
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