summative assessment

This is the Editorial of Issue XX (August 2013) of the Learning Curve on the theme of ‘Assessment in School Education’. Editor Prema Raghunath gives an overview of the kinds of articles the Issue carries.

In recent years there has been a growing concern in improving the quality of education and there is a shift towards considering assessment as a means of improving learning. Assessment is an effective tool for a teacher to know about her/his children. Properly developed and interpreted, assessment brings clarity on several aspects of the course such as: help in giving correct feedback about a child’s learning or achievement.
Assessment plays the very vital role in school life of a child. It is the process for determining whether a child has a disability and needs special education and related services. It’s the first step in developing an educational program that will help the child learn. A full and individual initial assessment must be done before the initial provision of any special education or related services to a child with a disability, and students must be reevaluated at least once every three years.
There has been so much said and written about assessments that anything more written about it will be superfluous. Nevertheless an attempt shall be made at giving the topic a different perspective. Needless to say that assessment is part of the 25% that most teachers detest about teaching. But it happens to be an integral part of the teaching learning process and any educational system or process. I found Dr Bob Kizlik’s article in ADPRIMA very interesting-he starts by quoting ‘anything that is not understood in more than one way is not understood at all’.
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