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Meaningful Assessment within a Group Context

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

Key Points

  • Within the group project, teachers ensure that assessment evidence is gathered from each student’s individual contribution.
  • The teacher involves students in determining characteristics of effective group work.
  • Students are given opportunities to practice a skill prior to being assessed.

Discussion Questions

  • Although it might be considered an efficient strategy, why is it inappropriate to assign a group grade to individual students?
  • Select a project where group grades have previously been assigned. What modifications might be made so as to gather assessment evidence from individual students?

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