When you design an assessment how do you know it meets all of your expectations? A better question might be: Before you give an assessment to your students do you assess the assessment itself? I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that the answer is “No” from most of you. After all, I’ve never had a checklist or other marking system to match my assessments to and I’ve been teaching for over 20 years. To my knowledge neither have any of my colleagues, at least not the ones in my “inner circle”.
I decided this week that if I’m going to spend so much time reading about, thinking about, and writing about assessment then maybe I should construct something useful with it all. I should create an assessment checklist. It sounds easy enough but I’m being honest when I say I have agonized over this for days. What should I include? What is REALLY important? How should I state it? There is so much that could be included, but if I put it all in this checklist then is becomes too cumbersome to be useful. Quite a conundrum.
My final decision has been to start the construction of the checklist and post it here so I can get feedback from other professionals. That way someone can tell me if I leave out something important or if I’ve included something trivial. It’s always good to get other perspectives! Please, if you have some time to spare, follow the link below and leave me some feedback in the form of comments here on the blog. Please note that questions #1 & #2 are complete at this point and the rest are still in progress.
Thanks for your input or for just thinking about assessment right along with me!