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What are the advantages and disadvantages of assessment in schools?

As assessment is a way of finding out if learning has taken place, I think it has far more advantages than disadvantages. Many of these have already been mentioned. Please find my thoughts below: Advantages: There are several types of assessments that take place in schools, the most common being formative (ongoing assessment e.g. quiz) This allows for progress to be checked. Summative (usually an exam and at the end of the year or course) confirms achievement (and allows for improvements and changes to be made). These provide learners with the chance to remain focussed, motivated and determined to succeed/reach their highest potential. Additionally, we have holistic assessments, which allow teachers and educators to understand their learners not just from an assignment focus, but also understand their learning styles, trends and anything to help their learners do better. This is often great in practical courses/subjects like engineering. It can save repetition and duplication of assessments. Overall it consolidates learning. Limitations: Everything has to be taught beforehand Can be time consuming Learners may not understand why assessment is taking place so often (formative), therefore it is imperative that the teacher/educator has open conversations about assessment plans with learners

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The only real disadvantage comes down to: A) the time it takes to mark an assessment. B) the frequency of assessments. It goes without saying that assessments are massively important, because it gives students an opportunity to work through questions and problems that resemble the content and skills required for exams. Furthermore, it offers them an opportunity for feedback, which is paramount for building progress. However, too many assessments means a teacher is constantly teaching towards an assessment rather than building knowledge and skills. A good department and/or teacher is able to strike a balance. This allows the students the best opportunity for progression.

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Assessment in schools can be very beneficial as it allows teachers to assess pupils' understanding and what they should focus their time on, but it can be a source of stress for pupils, particularly when assessments are counted towards qualifications.

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Exactly Raj!

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1) Benefit for Teachers: - can see student progress with formative assessments - can assess whether students have understood new content (via in class activities and questions) - results help to adapt to teaching student in a manner that’ll benefit them - can pick out any bad practices and help student to correct them 2) Benefits for Students - Can assess how well they understand a particular topic - Can see what common mistakes they make and work to correct them - Motivate themselves to do better next time - See what topics need working on - Can sometimes see what particular knowledge is fundamental to know

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Yes indeed students have only visible advantages with assessments where they assess your knowledge and measure the range you’ve understood the lesson or not They make your knowledge more valid and practical so there’s no considerable disadvantages

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Advantages: track student progress which can be shared with parents etc Intervention, especially for exam related year groups eg yr 11 Disadvantages: might not give a full picture for students who don't perform on the day due to other factors

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Assessment is something which can be used formatively and in addition, carried out in a summative way. Formative assessment consists of non-final, testing, helping both learner and teacher understand what they already know and what is yet to learn. Summative assessment is often end of unit or module tests, the grades from which contribute to the more administrative side of education. There are a multitude of advantages of regular formative assessment, the main one being ensuring continued progress throughout a term or learning programme. Assessment is crucial for motivation and to create the idea of an end goal - something to work towards and achieve. Alternatively, it should always be remembered that for students assessments can be stressful. Teachers must approach assessment preparation in a way which instils pupils with the confidence in their own abilities, and to succeed.

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You could say an advantage is to encourage students to study regularly. At the same time, regular assessments can help the teachers to understand the level of understanding and progress of the class, as well as picking up topics that might need to be covered again or more in depth. However, students can often be overwhelmed with assessments from different subjects, which affects their study efficiency and stress levels. Tests are also normally standardised, while some students may need adjustments, or different types of assessments to show their progression better.

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Formative assessment (often undertaken throughout the year, on a daily basis) is helpful in gauging a pupil's level of understanding, enabling constructive feedback to ensure progression. It is advantageous for teachers, as common misconceptions may arise that can be addressed within consecutive lessons. Pupils may find ongoing assessment disheartening, particularly if their peers outperform them. Summative assessment (often undertaken at the end of a topic) helps to evaluate pupils' learning of a particular unit of work, most commonly before moving on to the next unit. Whilst this takes a more formal approach, some pupils may flourish during tests, whereas others may find the overall process overwhelming, not performing to their best ability. This is not always an accurate representation of pupils' knowledge.

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The advantages are that it could help them learn a little bit more but downside is it can cause stress

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Comment mettre en français.

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We all know that assessments are part of our School System all over the world since then. But there are some advantages and disadvantages of assessments. But first what is assessment? Assessment is the process of gathering and discussing information from multiple and diverse sources in order to develop a deep understanding of what students know, understand and can do with their knowledge. The main purpose of assessment is to gather relevant information about student performance or progress The 2 types of assessment are the ff. Formative assessment: it occurs both before and during the learning process Summative assessment: it occurs at the end of the learning process Advantages of assessment • The advantage of assessment is it tests the knowledge you had learned for the learning process that has been done •And that you can also apply or adopt the knowledge and skills you had learned in real life situation for instance, your lesson is about Domestic Violence it opens your eyes on what is wrong and what is right. It shows you courage if you for yourself or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence to report it to the authorities. •Assessment also helps the students to be motivated in school for example he/she had seen his/her report card and he/she is doing well it would motivate her to do well and to do great at school, while if he/she saw that his/her report card are low they would alert themselves to give more effort to show what they have got. Disadvantages of assessment: •The disadvantage is also about seeing report card, we are all aware that everyone reacts differently and that maybe you saw your card low you get motivated to give more but for some they will demotivated because of how low their card is or how bad their performance had been. They would have a mindset with it is what it is and they give less effort they will have less care about their studies. •Also it increase pressure for student to do more, I for myself experienced it it's hard when you are being watch, like they knew you are an outstanding student and that they would have more expectations in you, and that you would become anxious in everything you do. If this helped you feel free to ask me more questions ♡

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The advantages- Student acknowledges that there are areas of work to focus on in terms of what they are specifically struggling with- e.g. confidence in speaking to classmates and engaging in debates. It helps the schools to recognize what it takes for a school to be successful The disadvantages- It doesn’t reflect an actual reality of how students behave as it puts students under pressure to act a certain way- a Hawthorne effect.

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The advantages- Student acknowledges that there are areas of work to focus on in terms of what they are specifically struggling with- e.g. confidence in speaking to classmates and engaging in debates. It helps the schools to recognize what it takes for a school to be successful The disadvantages- It doesn’t reflect an actual reality of how students behave as it puts students under pressure to act a certain way- a Hawthorne effect.

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ADVANTAGES- Assessment helps to assess student growth for continuous improvement. We understand what our students know before and during instruction, after a lesson or unit is complete. So it is easy for a tutor to find out where the child has to put more effort. assessment is especially relevant for those who is preparing for interview , exams , auditions it keeps them focus and targeted , enhanced student motivation. DISADVANTAGES- The main disadvantage is discouraging learning by inducing the belief that this is what individual is capable of and that their future is predicted by assignment. It demotivates the children and sometimes guardian put pressure over the children just to gain marks. "marks are not an indication of talent or intelligence, but rather dedication, sincerity and hard work".

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The advantages of getting assessments in school is that it tests your knowledge that you have learnt on a particular topic. You can also see how to utilise your revision time outside of school by recognising your strengths and weakness on certain topics. This also saves time for when you are revising. The disadvantages of getting assessments in school is that it may demotivate students if they show poor performance in an exam.

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They are getting checked on the performance regularly which can develop a good understanding of the level the student is on and how to improve.

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Fatima Bodiyat
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There are two types of assessments: formative and summative. Summative does not count towards your final grade and is a good way of practicing what you have learnt and gaining feedback from your teacher. Formative however does count towards your final grade.

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Hi, Great question! Generally speaking, there are two types of assessments: 1) Formative: this type of assessment is informal and ongoing - it is used in the form of small quizzes, exit tickets, mini-whiteboard tasks, etc. - the advantage of this is that a teacher can have a continuous feedback on how well their class understands a given topic - super important! 2) Summative: these are the more formal exams we're all familiar with, such as SATs, GCSEs, etc. This helps employers understand the different skillsets individuals have, as well as universities - education's key goal is to help prepare people for the job market so that they can contribute to the economy, and they do this via contributing to the output of their employer. Disadvantages: can you really capture a person's skillset through a set of grades? Likely not!

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It depends on the kind of assessment you are talking about. From a teacher point of view Assessments are important to see and to understand if the class is getting what you have been teaching and if it is fair to go on to the new argument. For the students as well, could play the key to understand what is better to revise or not.

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It depends on the kind of assessment you are talking about. From a teacher point of view Assessments are important to see and to understand if the class is getting what you have been teaching and if it is fair to go on to the new argument. For the students as well, could play the key to understand what is better to revise or not.

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Hey there! That’s a very good question... To me the biggest issue in assessments in schools is the singularity of modes of assessment. So many different minds have to follow one way to being assessed and it’s just not going to work. We need to innovate in our thinking, perhaps introduce modulated assessments, or different ways to test students’ knowledge. On the other hand it provides a great way to standardize the grades, requirements of universities etc, since it’s implemented - probably it works for most people... but we have to look into it more!

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Advantages: it provides students with structure and motivation to better themselves, while ensuring resilience in competition and disappointment. It helps in understanding competence so students can be taught an appropriate level and pace for them. Disadvantages: assessments can change the way teaching is focused. This is away from enjoyment and inspiration towards succeeding purely in an assessment. It also puts perhaps an unnecessary pressure on students either by themselves, their parents or teachers .

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Assessment in school (and in life as a whole) is essential, and there are many types of assessment, each one with its advantages and disadvantages. I'm only going to mention two types of assessment and only some of the advantages/disadvantages associated with each one. Perhaps the most common method of assessing in the classroom is the teacher asking the student(s) if they have understood what has just been explained (N.B. this does not have to be verbal: the teacher could be looking at students' expressions or the work they are writing into their books). This method of assessment gives a snapshot idea of how the student/class is performing on one particular area: it is quick, adaptable (teacher can ask further questions to help to identify the who/what/where/when/why/how if there are problems) and it means the teacher can provide instant feedback and/or adapt the teaching style there and then. However, it is difficult to know how well each individual student in a class has understood if there are numerous different reasons for the problems. It is also not suitable for gauging a student's ability over a range of topics. Formal assessment such as end-of-term/year exams that are sat by a mass of students, if they are written well, can be good for getting an idea of how well a student is in a particular subject, can give a school/education authority an idea of the quality of teaching that is going on in the classroom/school, help to rank students for setting or identify the correct tier for subjects which have a higher/foundation paper. All of these advantages can be manipulated by a badly written exam though. Because of the limited scope of a syllabus, exams are often largely predictable and this means that teachers can 'teach to the exam', cutting corners and so potentially not providing the student with proper justifications etc. Exams for most subjects consist only of written papers (with the exception of languages and arts), and this means there is potential for students who can express their ideas verbally, but not in writing, to under-perform. This is particularly true for students whose mother tongue is not the language on the paper, or that they are expected to respond in.

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Able to modify lesson plans and progression Able to identify strengths and weaknesses within student performance Ability to collaborate with other teachers to assess whether lessons and resources are fit for purpose Weaknesses Testing of relatively superficial or shallow understanding of concepts A one size fits all approach is ineffective in many subjects Conforms to a national or state based standard rather than suited toward your students

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Can assess effectiveness of resources Can determine progress of students Can measure if set targets are working Can support with future planning with Lesson plans:SOW Not always an accurate record of materials, progression etc Can be non supportive for students who are already under pressure if support not directly to hand

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Advantages: • Convenient • Can be adopted and implemented quickly. • Reduces or eliminates faculty time demands in instrument development and grading. • Are scored objectively. • Provide for external validity. • Provide reference group measures. • Can make longitudinal comparisons. • Can test large numbers of students. Disadvantages: • Measures relatively superficial knowledge or learning. • Unlikely to match the specific goals and objectives of a program/institution • Norm-referenced data may be less useful than criterion-referenced. • May be cost prohibitive to administer as a pre- and post-test. • More summative than formative (may be difficult to isolate what changes are needed). • Norm data may be user norms rather than true national sample. • May be difficult to receive results in a timely manner.

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Assessments are always important in schools to check the knowledge and skills of the students and to know the effectiveness of the teaching. Assessments gives an idea to the instructors and teachers that what areas needed to be focussed next. Intermediate Assessments must be conducted once in a month, and minor assessments like quizes are to be conducted after completion of every topic or chapter. And half semester and final assessments should be of high standard and difficult.

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Advantages include having a clear idea of weaknesses you can help with, seeing progress, giving them the confidence to be independent with their work. One main disadvantage for me is that the mainstream assessment system does not always lend itself to neurodivergent individuals. In primary schools, for example, many children can fall behind on PIRA and PUMA tests for these exact reasons.

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As a teacher I find very useful to see a clear picture of where my student is excelling and where my student requires additional support. I like to provide a detailed analysis to students which really boosts their confidence but highlights to them where they must turn their attention. I'd say a disadvantage is like many have said, doesnt always reflect the true image of what the student is capable of. Sometimes its not one topic, it could be the process rather than the skill, and tests dont always pic that up.

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ADVANTAGES: - help you understand exam-style questions - get you used to what your final exam will actually be like - pick out your strong and weak points and make sure you are revising affectively regarding the results of your exam - help your teachers to give support depending on what stage they believe you’re at - setting yourself realistic predicted grades for your final exams based on the ones you have taken and how well you have coped and performed. DISADVANTAGES: - not always an accurate reflection as it may be marked subjectively or it may have been a bad day - if you get a bad score it may knock your confidence down (which it shouldn’t! everyone has a bad day sometimes and support is there- don’t worry!) - you may compare yourself to the rest of your classmates Honestly, there aren’t many disadvantages other than having to revise all the time and they are very time consuming when you could be learning content, but they’re so useful when preparing you for your exams so give them your best shot, no matter how big or small they are! I hope this helped!

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Advantages: - Can be used to determine progress of students. - Can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching strategies. - Can be used to measure improvement of set targets. - Can aid future lesson planning for teachers. Disadvantages: - Not always an accurate reflection of how much progress has been made. - Can wrongly be used to hold teachers accountable for lack of progress being made. - Increased pressure for students, especially those that become anxious in test environments. - Disregards improvements and progress made at other points in the year.

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