Seven Principles for Teaching
#6: Assess for Learning
The learning environment operates with clarity of expectations, using assessment strategies consistent with these expectations; there is a strong emphasis on formative feedback to support learning.
- The learning environment needs to be very clear about what is expected, what learners are doing, and why . Otherwise, motivation decreases, students are less able to fit discrete activities into larger knowledge frameworks, and they are less likely to become self-regulated learners.
- Formative assessment should be substantial, regular and provide meaningful feedback; as well as feeding back to individual learners, this knowledge should be used constantly to shape direction and practice in the learning environment.