Teachers and Educators’ Role in Assessment for Continuity of Learning – Step 2
Creating a shared commitment is an important step that early years educators and school teachers can take when creating a comprehensive and aligned assessment system to ensure continuity of learning.
STEP 2: CREATING A SHARED COMMITMENT
Early learning settings place more emphasis on observational assessments and documentation of children’s progress, while school settings are more focused on achievement or performance-based assessment.
Assessment that is attached to shared learning pathways is essential to authentic continuity of learning. This must be underpinned by a shared understanding of the strengths of different approaches to assessment and may require adaptation for professionals in both settings.
Professionals in both early learning and school contexts need to become better at using multiple assessment strategies, distinguishing between formative and summative assessments, and value observations that yield anecdotal evidence.
Example activity: Approach to gaining shared commitment
Professionals in both contexts need to become better at using multiple assessment strategies. To promote discussion and learning about alternative approaches, the following exercise may prove useful.
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