How do we assess students’ performance? What can be the best way to assess the student?
Assessment information can be used in three different ways:
||To give the teacher and student information that will allow them to improve student learning
||To help with selection decisions for educational options, and
||To provide accountability at a number of levels
All of us have grown up with the fear of the dreaded Report Card; the periodical shot from the blue which knocked us out cold!
This Report Card is generally a list of quantitative figures where some give us joy and others the bucket of sorrows; it is also summative – the end of the story; without much of an ado or information about the reason for the joyful 85% or the tearful 45%. The reading normally culminates in a dressing down of “You should have done better” with no indicator/help/guidance of `How to do better?’
The guidance cannot be forthcoming because the evaluation itself is limited and does not allow itself to be converted and/or graduated to guidance. There is no scope of knowing the child’s interest and/or understanding in the subject. You got 65% - period.
ASPIRATION CARD Vs REPORT CARD
At LEAP quality-education-practices we strongly felt about the above and decided to do something about it and turned the dreaded Report Card into the looked-forward-to Aspiration Card and called it the Learner’s Comprehensive Profile (LCP).
The LCP provides the data and information about the development and growth of the child in the different learning opportunities provided by the school.
It comprises two parts –
• Quantitative Report (QR) – giving the marks obtained by the student in each subject in all the tests and examinations conducted by the School
• Non-Quantitative Report (NQR) – is built on the premise that a student should be accountable not just for his performance but more importantly, for the overall quality of his presence and participation in every learning context provided to him
When the QR and NQR are viewed together, in an integral manner, a fairly comprehensive profile of the child would emerge. These reports are then examined closely and interpreted objectively by all – the teachers, the Principal and the parents; which make it possible for the appropriate and necessary guidance to be provided to the child.