Take "IT" to the Next Level: Moving from "Item Teaching" to Authentic Instruction
The move away from multiple choice assessments further emphasizes the need for various ways to evaluate student's knowledge, critical thinking, and skills related to the Standards of Learning. Ideally English Language Arts teachers will work with other content teachers to create integrated assessments to include multiple subject areas. Comprehensive assessment involves every aspect of student learning and promotes student accountability for learning, student self-reflection, and presentation skills. The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Assessment Task Force, in their report Formative Assessment That Truly Informs Instruction, makes the case that good formative assessment, among other key factors, "includes feedback that is non-evaluative, specific, timely and related to the learning goals, and that provides opportunities for the student to revise and improve work products and deepen understandings." Authentic assessment involves students an integral part of the assessment process; it is NOT something we DO to them. Cross-curricular conversations create opportunities for teachers to think and work as facilitators of student learning and thus limit the practice of "item teaching."
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