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Mary Jane L. RosalinasMath III-BAnswer the following in your own words:1. What is an assessment?2. What is the Purpose of assessment?3. What are the methods of assessment in specialeducation?4. 4. What is the role of professionals in assessment?Answer:1.Assessmentis a key component of learning because it helpsstudents learn. When students are able to see how they are doing ina class, they are able to determine whether or not they understandcourse material.2.Purpose of AssesmentAssessment drives instructionA pre-test or needs assessment informs instructors what studentsknow and do not know at the outset, setting the direction of acourse. If done well, the information garnered will highlight the gapbetween existing knowledge and a desired outcome. Accomplishedinstructors find out what students already know, and use the priorknowledge as a stepping off place to develop new understanding.The same is true for data obtained through assessment done duringinstruction. By checking in with students throughout instruction,outstanding instructors constantly revise and refine their teachingto meet the diverse needs of students.Assessment drives learningWhat and how students learn depends to a major extent on howthey think they will be assessed. Assessment practices must sendthe right signals to students about what to study, how to study, andthe relative time to spend on concepts and skills in a course.Accomplished faculty communicate clearly what students need toknow and be able to do, both through a clearly articulated syllabus,and by choosing assessments carefully in order to direct studentenergies. High expectations for learning result in students who riseto the occasion.Assessment informs students of their progressEffective assessment provides students with a sense of what theyknow and don’t know about a subject. If done well, the feedbackprovided to students will indicate to them how to improve theirperformance. Assessments must clearly match the content, thenature of thinking, and the skills taught in a class. Throughfeedback from instructors, students become aware of their
strengths and challenges with respect to course learning outcomes.

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