ERIC Number: EJ826443
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 2
From Design to Assessment: Assessment "Does" Make a Difference!
Daniels, Sally A.
Knowledge Quest, v35 n4 p40-43 Mar-Apr 2007
Each year, the author's school district, North Syracuse (New York) Central School District, requires teachers to identify and work on specific professional development goals. She relates how she identified assessment as the area she wanted to work on during the 2005-2006 school year. For several years she had been wondering if the students were really synthesizing what she was teaching, and she came to realize that most of her lessons didn't assess what her students had learned. In articles and workshops she'd been hearing about the importance of assessing student learning, and she became convinced that she needed evidence that what she was doing was actually making a difference. She had developed many collaborative lessons, but the assessment and the evaluation were always done by the teacher. In this article, the author describes a biography project she has successfully implemented for her students. The project required students to investigate a famous New York state person, focusing their reports around the essential question, "What was the person's contribution to his or her community, state, country, or world?" She relates how the project gave her students an opportunity to practice self-assessment about their work. (Contains 1 table.)
Descriptors: School Districts, Professional Development, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Academic Achievement, Biographies, Research Papers (Students), Control Groups, School Libraries, Library Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York