Assessments: Formal or Alternative? Essay
The struggle of how to assess students has been an on-going conflict in the recent years. There is the traditional pencil paper or the “new” alternative …show more content…
The problem with just using Norm and/or Criterion testing is that not all students are considered “good” test-takers. There are students that can regurgitate information back onto a paper and pencil test with no problem. Then there are students who know the information, can have a conversation about the information but they are not able to put it into words or multiple choice answers on a test. This is where the alternative form of assessing a student’s ability comes into play.
Traditional verses Alternative Assessment Traditional assessments are based around test and test scores. Students are given a test, the test is graded, maybe reviewed by student, teacher moves on, and it is possible that the student may fall behind if the student lacked skills from the current unit. Traditional assessments are used, most of the time, for data purposes. The teachers gather information on standards that may need to be reviewed or how to group students. Examples of traditional assessments are pre/post test, homework assignments, and