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Assessment and Evaluation in Mathematics1CONCEPTS AND RELEVANCE OF ASSESSMENTIntroductionAssessment and evaluation are essential to student success in mathematics. The purpose of assessment ismanifold: Assessment yields rich data to evaluate student learning, the effectiveness of teaching, and the achievement ofthe prescribed curriculum outcomes. However, assessment without evaluation is insufficient, as the collection andreporting of data alone are not entirely useful unless the quality of the data is evaluated in relation to the outcomes. Tothis end, teachers use rubrics, criteria, marking keys, and other objective guides to evaluate the work of their students.AssessmentAssessment is the process of collecting information about student learning (for example, through observation,portfolios, pencil-and-paper tests, performance). Assessment is the gathering of pertinent information.EvaluationEvaluation follows assessment by using the information gathered to determine a student’s strengths, needs, andprogress in meeting the learning outcomes. Evaluation is the process of making judgments or decisions based on theinformation collected in assessment.PURPOSE OF ASSESSMENT1. Assessments for LearningAssessments are designed with a purpose. Some assessments are designed by teachers as assessments “for”learning. The purpose of these assessments is, in part, to assist students in their progress towards the achievement ofprescribed curriculum outcomes. In such assessments, the tasks used by teachers should inform students about whatkinds of mathematical knowledge and performances are important.As well, assessments for learning help teachers to know where their students are on the learning continuum, trackeach student’s progress, and plan what “next steps” are required for student success. Following assessments for learning,teachers help students toward the achievement of a mathematics outcome by providing them with further opportunities tolearn. In this way, such assessments take a developmental perspective and track students’ growth through the year.Assessment for Learning pertains to diagnostic and formative assessment tasks which are used to determinelearning needs, monitor academic progress of students during a unit or block of instruction and guide instruction. Studentsare given on-going and immediate descriptive feedback concerning their performance. Based on assessment results,teachers can make adjustments when necessary in their teaching methods and strategies to support learning. They candecide whether there is a need to differentiate instruction or design more appropriate learning activities to clarify andconsolidate students’ knowledge, understanding and skills.Lesson11.Assessment and Evaluation of Learning in Mathematics.

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