First Nations Lifelong Learning Assessment Report: by AFN, 2012
The Indigenous Education Coalition (IEC) was contracted to research and develop a report on the ‘Promising Practices in First Nations Culturally-Appropriate Assessment’. This report is intended to highlight some of the more innovative assessment projects that the IEC has come across in their work in First Nations educational research.
Broader Measures of Success - Measuring what matters in Education
Over the last 20 years, achievement in two main areas — literacy and numeracy — has become the shorthand for measuring the success of our education system. “Evidence-based decision-making” has been a mantra for policymakers, politicians and influential media. There is too much emphasis on narrow goals. Shorthand has its limitations. People for Education embarked on a five-year project to broaden the Canadian definition of school success, by expanding the indicators used to measure progress towards that goal.
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Holistic Assessment Approach
Educators have long been frustrated with the limitations that come with "off the shelf" assessments. Bv02, a Digital Marketing Agency, and educational associate Jarrett Laughlin, a leader in the development of holistic approaches to measuring success in education created this approach that provides educators with the opportunity to develop their own assessment that is reflective of the local contexts and cultures of their students, in their classrooms.
Help Me Tell My Story Assessment
This assessment tool uses a holistic approach to measure oral language development for Prekindergarten and Kindergarten children. In order to provide a holistic view of each child’s learning, the assessment collects data from the children, their caregivers, their teachers and Elders in their community. It provides immediate access to results for educators and caregivers through easy-to-use web-based tools.
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The Learning Record
The Learning Record is an assessment process developed first in England for literacy (reading, writing, speaking, listening) for use with children who had first languages other than English. The LR involves a set of forms teachers use to document and evaluate student progress: the forms help guide the kinds of information to obtain and things to consider in the evaluation process. The LR is a process through which students take charge of their own learning and document their learning. It is also a means to more strongly integrate parental involvement into the school.
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FairTest- Testing Reform Movement
The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest), a US based organization, publishes materials on both K- 12 and university testing to aid teachers, administrators, students, parents and researchers. Below is a compilation of news stories and research reports as posted on FairTest website.
A Canadian EdTech company has developed an interactive assessment and learning tool to provide feedback to educators, parents and students. Each has access to view and comment on the students' learning portfolios activity. The result is three-way communication between teacher, student and parents. There is no need for a report card with this tool as parents connect with their children in their classrooms on a regular basis.
For the May 2015 Globe and Mail article on FreshGrade: Click Here