If grading student work is taking hours and you don't have time to reflect on whether the class is really "getting it", this system can make your assessment more effective and efficient!
I developed the quick skill assessment form to evaluate the work students did independently, usually for workbook or textbook assignments. I'd give the kids a small amount of problems to complete (it's rarely necessary for kids to do an entire page of problems to show what they know) and have them bring the work to me when they were done. I'd glance over it quickly, write their name in the appropriate column in the form, and send them off to the enrichment or follow-up activity (differentiated centers, projects, computer-based work, etc.) while the rest of the class finished the assignment.
This informal assessment method allows you to:
• Give students immediate feedback on their work
• Correct any student misconceptions right away
• Reduce the number of papers that need to be graded
• Get clear insight into how effective your lessons have been
• Plan the rest of your unit based on how well the class understands the current skill
• Determine interventions, accommodations, & differentiated follow-up for every student
• Keep detailed, professional records of student progress with very little time and effort
The quick skill assessment form can be used with any assignment, but it's especially useful for new skills you just introduced to the class that day so you can decide how to pace the rest of your unit and mid-unit assessments for ongoing skill instruction (for example, on day 5 of a multiplication unit). It's also useful for concepts you teach in only one lesson, as you can check what students have retained without assigning a formal grade. You can use the system for common core standards or other key skills for which you are required to document progress and/or interventions...or for any other skills or concepts you'd like to evaluate without formally testing your students.
The download includes a fictional example of a completed quick skill assessment form so you can see how it works. Download the preview to see the complete file.
This item was just added on 9.26.12.
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