Assessment is a process of interpreting evidence on basis of which the teachers can decide where the learners stand in their learning
By Brinda Ghosh, Principal,
JG International School |www.jgcampusindia.com
If we think of our children as plants, then we can say that a summative assessment of the plants is simply the process of measuring them. The measurements might be interesting to compare and analyse, but by themselves they cannot affect the growth of the plants. Formative assessment on the other hand is the gardening equivalent of feeding and watering the plants, and it is something that directly affects their growth.
Assessment for Learning (AFL)
Much of what teachers and learners do in the classroom can be described as assessment, which seeks to find out where learners are with their learning, if they are lacking, then the way has to found to bridge the gap. So the first goal should be to discover how much the learners know. Summative tests are generally conducted at the end of the year. These are useful in providing overview of how the students are faring as compared to each other. The results can also be compared from a year-to-year basis.
AFL focuses on learning rather than on teaching and it includes all learners in a culture of high expectations. It makes every learner special by making learning worthwhile and enjoyable. It also enriches the learning experience. AFL is about teacher and learner recognising where learners are now, where they want to go and how to bridge the gap.
Role of ICTModern ICT tools can also be helpful in enhancing the scope of education. As the iconic futurist Alvin Toffler has said, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and re-learn.” Digital education makes is easier for people to gain new knowledge. But even as we provide education to students today, we have very little knowledge of what the students will require twenty years from now.
Therefore the question that needs to be addressed is – what do our students need to learn today to be prepared for tomorrow? There has to be a shift from industrial mode of schooling to one that focuses on equipping students for knowledge economy. Our students must have the ability to seek, synthesise and critically think about the over-expanding volume of information that is now available in the world.