A new method of assessment promises to offer students a changed relationship with their learning, giving advice on ways to improve and growth mindset messages about their learning. This article outlines some of the work of teachers who have moved from old methods of testing and grading to feedback and encouragement that provides students with growth pathways and messages that
Assessment and Grading
The complex ways that children understand mathematics is fascinating to me. Students ask questions, see ideas, draw representations, connect methods, justify, and reason in all sorts of different ways. But recent years have seen all of these different nuanced complexities of student understanding reduced to single numbers and letters that are used to judge students’ worth. Teachers are encouraged to
Assessment for learning (A4L) teaching strategies have been shown to drastically increase student achievement, if they are used instead of summative tests and grades. It has been estimated that if teachers in England used A4L strategies the achievement of their students would increase so much the country would move, in international comparisons, from the middle of the pack to the top 5 (Black and Wiliam, 1998). Here is a list of our favorite 10 messages selected by youcubed staff from the 56 strategies provide by David Wees.