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Assessment

Assessment

Assessment of students' understanding of mathematics serves two main purposes — to inform further teaching, and to provide feedback to students on their own learning.

Assessment is most useful, to both teachers and students, when it takes place during the teaching and learning process and is diagnostic in nature.

Assessment should be used to identify student thinking and strategies for working with fractions, rather than simply noting the answers that were correct or incorrect. Therefore the main focus should be on finding out what students can do, as a basis for further learning.

It is also helpful to detect misunderstandings and inappropriate strategies, so these can be targeted through explicit instruction.

Feedback to students on the strategies they use and how their understanding is progressing helps them to take responsibility for their own learning. This has been shown to enhance student motivation and engagement.

When teachers design the assessments themselves they are better able to gather the specific information needed at that time for their own students.

The Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) provides a more detailed discussion of good practice in assessment in their Position Paper on the Practice of Assessing Mathematics Learning, available on the AAMT website.

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Document Assessment approaches Folder 17
Document Designing assessment tasks Folder 17