Assessment is the process where information on each student’s performance is gathered and analyzed to identify what students know, understand, can do and feel at different stages in the learning process.
Assessment is integral to all teaching and learning and the 3C curriculum uses thoughtful and effective assessment processes by guiding students through the SIX essential elements of learning:
The displaying of Character,
The understanding of Concepts
The acquisition of knowledge,
The mastering of Competence,
The development of Content,
And the decision to take responsible Action.
Everyone concerned with assessment – students, teachers, parents, administrators, and board members – must have a clear understanding of the reasons for the assessment, what is being assessed, the criteria for success, and the method by which the assessment is made.
The 3C describes the taught curriculum as the written curriculum in action. Using the written curriculum in collaboration with colleagues and students, the teacher generates questions which guide structured inquiry and instruction.
These questions address the eight key concepts which help lead to productive lines of inquiry.
Assessment focuses on the quality of student learning during the process of inquiry as well as instruction and on the quality of the products of that learning.
Assessment is, therefore, integral to the taught curriculum. It is the means by which we analyze student learning and the effectiveness of our teaching and acts as a foundation on which we can base our future planning and practice. It is central to our goal of guiding the student through the learning process, from a novice to becoming an expert. The assessment component in the school’s curriculum can itself be subdivided into three closely related areas:
Assessing – How we discover what the students know and have learned.
Recording – How we choose to collect and analyze data.
Reporting – How we choose to communicate information.