Achieving Better Results in the Assessment/Evaluation Cycle in Education

When looking at achieving better results in assessment cycle, the procedures that should be used in my opinion is collaboration and the involvement of all stakeholders. The collaboration should be in the form of either grade teams or content teams. Unfortunately, most standardized state tests does not involve the social arts such as History or the Arts, but these educators can align themselves with the writing and reading components of their educational association. By looking at the whole spectrum of the assessment/evaluation cycle as a school culture and as collaboration teams, insights in the ‘big picture’ and those of individual students can be more comprehensive. Each collaborating team can bring to the table their views of why the students are achieving or why they are following behind the curve (Inger, 1993).

The second component for achieving better results in the assessment/evaluation cycle is to involve all stakeholders. Not only teachers, but parents, administrators, and the community should have an active part in the accountability of the evaluation and the results from that evaluation. Falchikov (2005) even suggests that the students themselves become apart of the feedback and the evaluation of assessments. The entire school culture should be aligned and have apart in the decision making process of the assessment cycle and what accountability is and how it is to be measured. I believe that by using both the collaboration of instructors and the involvement of stakeholders, better results can be achieved, evaluated, redefined, and maintained for both the individual student and the entire educational institution. The combination can spark not only growth but more understanding of the entire process.

Reference:

Falchikov, N. (2005) Improving Assessment through Student Involvement: Practical Solutions for Aiding Learning in Higher and Further Education. RoutledgeFalmer Publishing. Retrieved on September 12, 2009 from googlebooks.com

Inger, M. (1993) Teacher collaboration in secondary schools. Center Focus: University of California: Berkley. Retrieved on September 12, 2009 from http://vocserve.berkeley.edu

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