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EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT 1 EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT Student Name Course Professor’s Name University State (City) Date
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EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT 2 Educational Assessment Educational assessment is a process that entails a systematic documentation and use of empirical data about skill, knowledge, beliefs, as well as attitudes to upgrade programs and advance student learning (Mislevy, Steinberg and Almond, 2003). The empirical data can be gotten directly through examining students’ work to be in a position to assess the achievement of outcomes of learning. Conversely, data can be obtained from making inferences about the learning process. Educational assessment involves collecting information about students learning the process with an already established goal or objective. Educational assessment is a broad concept that is inclusive of testing; however, the two terms cannot be used interchangeably (Wiliam, 2000). Tests administered to learners are a form of educational assessment. Notably, not all educational assessments are tests, but all tests are assessments. Educational assessments take place at different intervals, for instance at the end of a lesson, a semester, or even a whole school year. An educational assessment can only be said to be useful and vital if it has objectives and goals attached to it for it to be designed (Nitko, 1996). An assessment is reported to yield results if it is directly connected to a particular goal or objective. Therefore, a learner is assessed to check whether or not the laid down objective or goal has been obtained efficiently. The paper explains the fundamental purpose of educational assessment, describes the main types of educational assessment, outlines the theories underlying the assessment process, as well as highlighting the factors affecting English language teachers’ assessment practices.
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EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT 3 Key purpose of educational assessment Educational Assessment drives instruction An educational assessment is instrumental in informing instructors about the students’ knowledge level as well as identifying what the learners do not know at the onset of the course so that they can set the pace and direction (Black, 2004). An assessment that is done well will provide information that will outline the gap between the existing knowledge and the outcome that is desired at the end of the learning process. At this stage, accomplished instructors are in a better position to identify what the learners already know, and then use the already classified information as a stepping place to develop an understanding on how to undertake the learning process. Conversely, the data that is obtained during an educational assessment is used for a similar purpose. As instructors admit new students ready for the learning process, outstanding instructors do a constant revision that is helpful in refining their teaching practice so that they can be in a position to meet the students’ diverse needs.
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