Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Assessing student learning

Assessment of student learning should draw on higher order thinking skills. In my classroom, I require students to demonstrate what they know through projects and presentations. As it relates to the unit I am creating for this class, I am requiring students to draw on these skills. Students will be assessed on presentation content and delivery when they give their economic indicator presentation. I feel that in order to give a competent presentation, the presenter must know the material in detail. For the second assessment project, students will develop a survey that relates to the principle of supply and demand. The students will then be required to explain the results of the survey.

The best way to involve students in the assessment process is to provoke them to think. I hate multiple choice tests! Project based assignments that require students to defend their position is the best way to go.


  1. Unfortunately, multiple choice tests are easy to grade and our state tests focus on them. Other ways have to be used to gauge critical thinking skills.

  2. I agree with you that multiple choice tests do no test for highere order thinking. Havintg the students to explain their projects is a great assessment tool.

  3. I agree that projects are a great way to evaluate the student's level of knowledge. I find that the students that have done the research and really grasp the subject matter can really express how much they know through a project presentation. Projects let the students express themselves individually in a way that other assignments can't. I wish that I had time to do more projects in my class!