Assessment in Action

This video collection, funded by Alberta Education, features Alberta teachers and students engaged in classroom assessment experiences. The videos are organized around the three sections of the AAC Key Visual. The Dimensions of Sound Classroom Assessment Practice provide a more detailed description of the various components of classroom assessment. 

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Planning with the End in Mind

Dimension #1: Clarifying the Learning Destination

Video: Assessing What Really Matters

Assessing What Really Matters

By identifying key learning goals and building quality rubrics to assess them, teachers can help students focus on the learning that really matters.

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Video: Developing a Shared Understanding

Developing a Shared Understanding

A teacher at St. Jean Brebeuf School in Calgary recognizes that when students have a deep understanding of the learning goals, they are better able to achieve them.

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Video: Clarifying Standards through Professional Collaboration

Clarifying Standards through Professional Collaboration

A teacher at McNally High School in Edmonton discusses the essential role of collaboration in developing a common understanding of standards.

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Video: Setting Clear Targets for Students

Setting Clear Targets for Students

A teacher at Notre Dame High School in Calgary uses exemplars to help students understand the expectations of an assessment task.

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Video: Developing Common Understanding through Collaborative Marking

Developing Common Understanding through Collaborative Marking

Teachers at Notre Dame High School in Calgary engage in collaborative marking to ensure they have a common understanding of quality.

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Dimension #2: Planning for Assessment and Instruction

Video: Planning for Day to Day Assessment

Planning for Day to Day Assessment

Planning for assessment is part of day-to-day instruction for a teacher at St. Elizabeth Seton School in Calgary.

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Video: Observations and Conversations: Effective Assessment Practices

Observations and Conversations: Effective Assessment Practices

A teacher at St. Elizabeth Seton School in Calgary uses observations to find out what her students know and can do.

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Video: Planning Effective Questions

Planning Effective Questions

In order to guide next steps in instruction and assessment, a teacher at McNally High School in Edmonton incorporates effective questions into his instructional plan to determine student understanding of a concept.

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Video: Assessing Process Skills

Assessing Process Skills

An art teacher at Harry Ainlay High School in Edmonton discusses the value of using observations and conversations to assess outcomes related to the development of skills and techniques.

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Video: Assessing Projects and Performance Tasks

Assessing Projects and Performance Tasks

A teacher at Ascension of Our Lord School in Calgary discusses some of the planning that goes into designing an effective project.

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Dimension #3: Considering the Needs of the Learners

Video: Planning for Student Diversity

Planning for Student Diversity

When planning for instruction, a Division II teacher from Weinlos Elementary School in Edmonton considers support for diverse learning needs.

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Video: Multiple Opportunities to Demonstrate Learning: Supporting Diverse Learners

Multiple Opportunities to Demonstrate Learning: Supporting Diverse Learners

A teacher at Jasper Elementary School uses portfolios as a planning tool to support the growth of the diverse learners in his classroom.

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Video: Offering Choice

Offering Choice

To meet the needs of the diverse learners in the class, a teacher at Ascension of Our Lord School in Calgary provides her students with choice.

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Formative Assessment

Dimension #4: Engaging Students in the Assessment Process

Video: Student Engagement: A Shared Responsibility

Student Engagement: A Shared Responsibility

A teacher at McNally High School in Edmonton understands that student engagement is a shared responsibility.

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Video: Engaging Students in their Learning

Engaging Students in their Learning

Teachers at Holy Spirit School in Sherwood Park share how the use of mini white boards provides opportunities for students to be deeply engaged in the assessment process.

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Video: Providing a Risk Free Environment for Diverse Learners

Providing a Risk Free Environment for Diverse Learners

A teacher at Notre Dame High School in Calgary finds that individual student response whiteboards provide a risk-free environment for students to demonstrate their learning.

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Dimension #5: The Critical Role of Feedback

Video: Just-in-Time Feedback

Just-in-Time Feedback

Teachers at Monsignor Fee Otterson School highlight the benefits of providing students with just-in-time oral feedback.

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Video: The Impact of Teacher Feedback

The Impact of Teacher Feedback

A teacher at St. Jean Brebeuf School in Calgary structures her classes so that she has many opportunities to provide feedback to her students.

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Video: Helping Students become Resources for One Another

Helping Students become Resources for One Another

Grade 6 students and their teachers from Medicine Hat Public Schools are experiencing the benefits of peer feedback.

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Video: Establishing the Conditions for Peer Feedback

Establishing the Conditions for Peer Feedback

Teachers from Percy Baxter Middle School found that peer coaching can only be effective when a supportive environment is established and students are able to develop the appropriate skills.

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Video: The Impact of Peer Feedback

The Impact of Peer Feedback

A teacher at St. Jean Brebeuf School in Calgary utilizes peer feedback to impact student learning.

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Video: The Power of Student Collaboration

The Power of Student Collaboration

A teacher at St. Elizabeth Seton School in Calgary structures her class so her students have many opportunities to work collaboratively.

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Video: Feedback to Improve Learning

Feedback to Improve Learning

An art teacher at Harry Ainlay High School in Edmonton helps her students see value in the feedback process.

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Video: Using Feedback Effectively

Using Feedback Effectively

Students need support in knowing how to use feedback effectively.

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Dimension #6: Time to Reflect

Video: Developing the Skill of Self-reflection

Developing the Skill of Self-reflection

A teacher at Monsignor Fee Otterson School helps students develop the skill of self-reflection.

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Video: The Value of Student Self-reflection

The Value of Student Self-reflection

A teacher at St. Elizabeth Seton School in Calgary uses ‘paper tweets’ to help her students reflect on their learning.

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Dimension #7: Formative Assessment to Inform Instructional Practice

Video: Feedback to Inform Practice

Feedback to Inform Practice

A secondary teacher at Hilltop High School in Whitecourt describes how she organizes her classroom in order to obtain feedback that informs her practice.

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Summative Assessment

Dimension #8: An Accurate Picture of Student Performance

Video: Meaningful Assessment within a Group Context

Meaningful Assessment within a Group Context

Careful planning assists teachers in gathering meaningful assessment information about individual students though group tasks and projects.

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Dimension #9: Combining Evidence in a Meaningful Way

Video: Flexible Timing for Summative Assessment

Flexible Timing for Summative Assessment

A teacher at McNally High School in Edmonton allows for flexibility in the timing of summative assessment in the classroom.

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Video: Supporting Student Success

Supporting Student Success

A teacher at McNally High School in Edmonton describes a number of summative assessment practices he uses that reflect his commitment to fair and equitable assessment of student performance.

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Dimension #10: Communicating Student Learning

Video: Communicating about Student Learning

Communicating about Student Learning

A teacher at Kinuso School involves students in their learning, thus facilitating meaningful communication with parents.

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