What does good assessment look like?

By Ashley Weinard, NCMA Educator and Project Director, The Big Picture

A group of teachers tackled this question last weekend at the NCMA’s Creative Assessment workshop. Although they taught a wide range of subjects–art, ESL, math, science, kindergarten–they shared a vision and together brainstormed ways to bring it to life across classrooms.
Consider using these ideas as your own rubric the next time you create a project to measure student learning.

A good assessment…

  • is creative…it stretches teacher and student practice and thinking
  • includes an element of arts-based performance and/or arts investigation
  • slows students down, encourages them to think deeply and pay attention to details
  • includes a clear demonstration of the steps and skills that are necessary for the project
  • allows students to respond to new knowledge in a personal way
  • provides opportunities for mid- and post-project reflection

Need a model to get you started? This 7th grade science lesson features each of the components above.

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