Using Assessment to Discover if Student Engagement Is Leading to Learning
MindShift.com: I just learned that you can look at assessments to discover if and where student engagement is leading to learning. I thought that you already used assessment to discover if and where student engagement is leading to learning?
Yes. In fact, if you’re one of the few schools using assessments in depth or early on to measure student engagement in many ways that track engagement on a sample basis, chances are you can look at assessments to discover whether student engagement is leading to learning. You just don’t do that every day, but it may be a good use of resources and time, right?
Here’s an example: Imagine if you were sitting at your computer at the start of each day and you took an assessment, then reviewed the sample results on a daily basis. You may find that you can cut out the “goofy stuff” that isn’t necessarily evidence of student engagement on the same day that you reviewed the results. Based on the results, you can either move forward or pull back to see if there’s something you need to fix. You’re just doing an assessment everyday, right?
That’s why assessment is such a powerful tool for looking at the full picture for decision-making when it comes to learning. It gives you real-time feedback and improvement opportunities that may seem challenging at first, but can actually lead to great learning and growth.