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Designing Assessment Tools to Improve Student Learning

Think about an actual assessment to evaluate student learning in an educational setting. Design an assessment tool that will provide data on student learning. Your project must include the following components:

a. Description of the intended audience. Include at least one table or chart that summarizes demographic information.
b. Description of how the assessment tool was developed.
c. Characteristics of the assessment tool
d. How validity and reliability will be established in using the tool
e. Description of the scoring procedures
f. How the results of the assessment tool will be used to improve instruction and learning
g. Assessment tool and scoring forms, if applicable (Example, a rubric)

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Your first step in approaching this task of describing an assessment tool should be to think about what it is you want to teach and what you want to assess. Are you currently teaching any group of students? It is often easier to think about an actual group of students that you know and then think about what you could teach them and how you will know that they have learned. This will be different depending on your audience. If you work with adults or even high school aged learners, you can use assessment tools that create more opportunity for students to identify and correct their own errors and difficulties. If you work with children, the assessment tool might need to provide more specific and immediate feedback.

Let me provide you with an example from my own teaching experience. I have primarily worked with adult English language learners in my career, and my favorite subject to teach is grammar and writing. I have used a wide variety of rubrics to score student writing in the typical categories (e.g. Organization, Word Choice, Grammar, Mechanics). Different rubrics assign different point values to different areas and then provide descriptors for the level the student attains in each area. I have found these to be helpful as a teacher tool to provide scores to students, but I have also found that the students don't always ...

Solution Summary

Students in the field of education are often asked to create assessment tools that they can use in their current or future teaching environments. This solution explains how to design assessment tools that will positively impact teaching and consequently student learning. An example of a 6-trait writing rubric is referenced. Color-coded assessment is also briefly explained, as the use of this form of assessment to can enable students to correct and learn from their own mistakes. This is all completed in 950+ words.