Curricular-Based Assessment Measures
In addition to the national, state, and local assessments, a wide range of assessment measures are used in our classrooms on an on-going basis to monitor student learning. Whether these measures are pencil and paper or performance-based, the teacher is able to use this information to assess the degree to which the students have grasped the concept, mastered the skill, and acquired the deep understanding of what has been taught to apply that learning in another novel task or setting. Using the assessment results, the teacher is able to guide instruction to benefit the students’ learning. These curricular-based assessments take many different forms ranging from the traditional quiz and test to more project and performance-based collaborative tasks. Regardless of the form, the assessment is designed to sharpen the instructional focus and promote efficient learning.