Mini Challenge 6: Reflection on the assessment tools

This week, we’ve learnt 3 different assessment forms: including the summative assessment, interim assessment and the formative assessment.

Additionally, we also explored five types of assessment activities and I think those are great helps for educators in the 21st century. In this post, I’d like to talk about each type and share my thoughts on each of those:


Table 1: Discovery Education Assessment

Discovery Education Assessment includes subject area like Reading/Language Arts, Math and Science, it’s done four times a year, which allows educators to identify student strengths and opportunities for growth. The integrated system provides multiple measures to identify and monitor students’ progress throughout the year. Therefore, it allows teachers to see whether the students are on track or not. Teachers can quickly see what students don’t know and teach what they need, which helps to increase instructional effectiveness and efficiency!


Table 2: EXPLORE

EXPLORE is a curriculum-based achievement test that assesses students in four core areas of their studies: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. The Test results can show students where they’re strong or weak. It also gives information about students’ knowledge, skills, interests and plans. Students can use this information as they plan their high school coursework and begin thinking about college and work.

Moreover, the report also tells students how they did on the tests and how their scores compare to those of others across the nation. It’s a summative assessment form.

Table 2: CRA

CRA, given twice a year, is a form of interim assessment. It provides the comparison to the school and district level, therefore educators can adapt the curriculum to meet students’ needs.

Table 2: Clicker Report

Clicker allows teachers to require participation from all students. In most instances, teachers can immediately see which students have failed to respond to the presented prompts. Teachers can mandate responses for all students prior to moving on to the next topic, ensuring that no student lags behind his peers.

Table 2: Megan (Multiple choice, open response and with student work)

In my opinion, students can well be guessing while doing the multiple-choice, they may get the answer right even if they don’t know the question. By contrast, in the Open Response Section, students generate the answers by their own words and thus there must be some process going on in their brains.


Table 3: Data Analysis

The software we explore in IPAD is great. It enables us to make the line chart in a minute! It helps educators to identify how the students are making progress, we can also compare with the different line charts so that it guides us to adjust our teaching to progress students’ learning.


Table 4: Dibels

Dibels enables educators to hear the record over again and again, which helps to find out what the students are struggling with. Moreover, other teachers can also listen to the audio and provide some professional advices to help the students out!


Table 5: Question List

In this section, we integrate clicker with the Question List, which is awesome! Clickers allow students to respond to questions in a game-like format. This technologically rich system is often highly intriguing to students. The clicker systems entered information automatically and present the information as a bar graph, which allows students to see if their peers agree with their answers or not! The system allows teachers to view the list of the students who answered incorrectly after each question is asked, it allows teachers to determine which students need more help grasping the material and which students seem to have the topic under control.


 Overall speaking, all the tools we explored are extremely useful in teaching and learning, I deeply realize how IPADS, clickers, websites and audios function in assessment by manipulating them in class. Technology helps us to analyze how students perform promptly, identify what they don’t know and teach them what they need. It also helps to increase instructional effectiveness and efficiency. All in all, I’d say technology is definitely playing a significant role in education in the 21st century.  

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