ERIC Number: EJ692311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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The Role of Assessment in Differentiation
Moon, Tonya R.
Theory Into Practice, v44 n3 p226-233 2005
With the increasing diversity in classrooms, teachers are faced with a broad range of students representing a wide variety of educational needs. To effectively address students' diverse education needs, teachers must engage in good decision making. This article explores the bidirectional relationship between differentiation and assessment through the lens of decision-making. Particularly, the article investigates the 3 phases of assessment--planning instruction, guiding instruction, and evaluating instruction. It also asks 4 questions: Why does assessment matter? What happens if it is misaligned with learning goals? How does the teacher use the assessment data? What does it look like? The article concludes with a summary of the 3 principle building blocks of differentiation--active learning, high expectations for students, social context of learning--and their implications for assessment.
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