16 Reasons for Classroom Assessment
Classroom assessment is the act of collecting information about students, curricula and methodology with the aim of making decisions concerning to students’ needs and teacher’s objectives.
Classroom assessment should help the teacher in:
1. Determining student strengths and weaknesses.
2. Determining learning styles of his/her students.
3. Learning about student interests in various topics.
4. Classifying students into groups based upon their learning abilities, personal interests, characteristics and achievements.
5. Monitoring and following the progress of individual students.
6. Providing feedback about students’ achievement.
7. Specifying suitable teaching materials and activities.
8. Discovering what students have learned and what they still need to learn.
9. Deciding what to teach next.
10. Determining how to adapt lesson content to student need and learning styles.
11. Evaluating the effectiveness of teaching methods.
12. Assigning grades and feedback to students.
13. Giving feedback to parents.
14. Giving feedback to other teachers in the school and the principal.
15. Communicating with other professionals to provide more effective courses.
16. Recycling and revising previous lesson content.
Suggested aspects to focus on in classroom assessment:
1. Participation in the group work.
2. Ability to express in speech.
3. Ability to express in writing.
4. Listening comprehension.
5. Reading comprehension.
6. Neatness of handwriting.
7. Use of school library.
8. Response that show understanding.
9. Oral activities: discussion and answering questions.
10. Sharing in planning and preparing wall magazines.
11. Co-operation with the teacher and classmates.
12. Bringing books and doing homework.
13. Sharing in class activities.
14. Continuity of progress in learning and of dealing in good behavior.