Published on May 23, 2013
It’s that time of the year! It’s a chance to see how our students are doing. Did they learn what they were supposed to learn?
I’m helping proctor the tests at our school and I have a few observations…
- Students are not excited to take tests
- Not many students (at my school) feel like these test closely match what they studied during the year
- There is a lot of sleeping when they are done
Most of us teachers have little to no say about what is on our state tests, but this week made me question the final exams I’m about to give my students. Are they relevant?
“REVELANT” is a big buzz word lately. Here’s a definition…
I’m sure we as teachers can justify most or all of what we put on a test. If you are promoting a proficiency based classroom, do your tests reflect it? Do our STUDENTS think what they learn is relevant?
Here’s a few UH-OH’s that I’m noticing on my current reading assessment… (used for a few years now)
- It’s full of authentic readings (good) but they have dates on them (okay). The dates are from 2009 (BAD). In 2009 my current students were in 6th grade. Not closely connected to the matter at hand.
- It has readings from “pop-up” ads and emails. Do “pop ups” still exist? How many of your students email each other?
- Some of the pictures in the readings copy really poorly into black and white. If I can’t have a color copy for them, the pictures need copy okay!
While I don’t have time to recreate everything each year, my assessments need a little refreshing. (We need to get the cohort back together!) There is an unlimited supply of authentic resources out there. Here’s a theme that could be used for a great Spanish reading assessment this year!
Here’s the Xgames Barcelona 2013 website – http://www.xgamesbarcelona.com/es/home.html
They have competitors’ profiles…
Plus, you can find lots of opinions and interactions on Twitter searching #Xgames #barcelona
Creating assessments is also a great team building activity! Take time during your department meetings or see if your principal can let you create a PD during the summer to create new and exciting assessments! Out with the old – let’s get relevant!
We’d love to feature some ideas for reading assessments… if you are willing to share, snap a picture and send a small sample one of your authentic resources and questions that go with it. (email@example.com) Let’s improve together!
I love it! Me encanta! I am so excited that I have found your blog! Mil gracias!
Am treating my Spanish 4 class today to edible maracas I made with sugar cookie doughn Nerds (inside), and melted candy coating. First time to make them and they’re a bit rough, but they really rattle! Completely edible. Recipe available at http://www.sheknows.com and search “maracas”. Thanks for all your wonderful blogs this year.
How cute! I love that idea! Can’t believe it’s not on Pinterest yet! 🙂
I came across this site through some research last semester and used it as a foundation for my Level 2 Interpretive tasks: https://sites.google.com/site/worldlanguageshudson/interpretive-tasks/interpretive-tasks-for-intermediate-students/cheat-sheet-for-intermediate-interpretive-tasks-for-integrated-performance-assessments
Megan and Kara,
Love your blog! As I begin the path to proficiency for next year, I was looking over your assessments you have online for speaking and writing. My question is if you give these descriptions of the assessments to your students up front when you begin the unit or do you wait until the day of the assessment? Thank you, as always, for your blog. You have given me a renewed sense of energy to become better at my practice!