Student-Centered Assessment and Feedback

Give students multiple opportunities to demonstrate their progress to support future learning and growth

About Student-Centered Assessment and Feedback

Overview Description

Student-centered assessment is an approach to assessment whereby assessment is a collective endeavor in which teacher and students collaboratively give students the opportunity to demonstrate who they are, what they have learned, how they think, and what they understand.

Data is abundant in 21st-century schools, yet much of this data is not well-used. Student-centered assessment and feedback should  direct a teacher's instructional practices, help shape future student learning, allow the teacher to communicate with individual students about their progress, and ensure students feel ownership over their own learning and growth.

When teachers provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their learning and understanding in a variety of ways, they are able to share individualized feedback and create personalized learning plans for their students that reflect each student's mastery and future trajectory.

Why it's important

School districts regularly look to data to help shape policy and guide reform through a macro lens. In doing so, the student is lost. Students learn differently from one another, and this should  be reflected in the way that lessons are created, student understanding is assessed, feedback is given, and data is analyzed and used for future planning.

At BetterLesson, we believe teaching is about understanding what a student needs and how he needs it and about capitalizing on a student's strengths while working with her to fill her gaps. By using assessments to identify and target what students need most in their learning, we can more successfully ensure each student is provided with learning opportunities that support their individual growth.

What success looks like

  • Student understanding is assessed in a variety of ways and at an appropriate level for the individual student

  • Students are provided with regular, timely, actionable feedback

  • Teachers use student assessment and feedback to guide instruction

  • Students receive regular feedback on their own progress and feel a sense of ownership over their own learning and growth

Featured Strategies

Microgrouping to Provide Feedback supports students to receive targeted feedback specific to their learning needs
Microgrouping to Provide Feedback supports students to receive targeted feedback specific to their learning needs
Provide students with clear criteria to self-assess effectively
Provide students with clear criteria to self-assess effectively
This strategy supports students to create a plan for remediating their missed mastery objectives and work towards re-taking the assessment
This strategy supports students to create a plan for remediating their missed mastery objectives and work towards re-taking the assessment

Growth Areas

BetterLesson growth areas are targeted goals for growth in a learning domain through BetterLesson Coaching. Learn more about BetterLesson Coaching.
I deliver frequent checks for understanding
I use formative and summative data to provide timely, personalized, and actionable feedback to students
I use student data to plan and implement differentiated instruction
My students self-assess and reflect on their progress to goal

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