What’s the difference between assessment for learning and assessment of learning?
Most course books support assessment of learning through end-of-term or end-of-unit tests that help teachers and students understand the progress they have or have not made - what they have learnt. It’s all about attainment.
Assessment for learning techniques mean that teachers can assess the effectiveness of their classes as they take place, and adjust and adapt to what their students really need. Students participate actively and learn to recognise and understand what they’re learning and what they should do to improve.
Research has shown that assessment for learning helps even the youngest learners to thrive, and fosters skills for lifelong learning.
Amanda Davies introduces what assessment for learning means and how to apply it in the classroom.