42 Introduction

Learning Objectives

  • Define assessment
  • Differentiate between assessment and evaluation
  • Identify the goals of assessment
  • Identify assessment, accountability, and historical factors.
  • Define formative and summative assessment
  • Define global assessments
  • Articulate the process of assigning grades


Think about and discuss

You and your friend are both enrolled in an Introduction to Education course. As you compare the syllabi and assignments, you note that the text is the same and similar assignments. The one difference is that your friend’s syllabus lists a midterm and a final exam, which total 80% of the course grade.; while your syllabus lists quizzes at the completion of every three chapters. With 15 chapters to be covered, you figure that while your friend will have 2 test grades, you will have 5. You and your friend try to decide if one position is more favorable to the student.

In the meantime, you speak to a student in the third section of the course and discover that their professor does not give any quizzes. All points earned are based on project-based assignments and rubrics.

The university offers a drop-add period and time is getting close. Should you remain in the section you have been assigned, or should you transfer to one of the other sections?

Which student is in the most advantageous position? Which student is in the least advantageous position?

Which situation would you prefer? Why?

Which situation would you least prefer? Why?




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