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.


  • Although the students are working on a group project, teachers ensure their assessment evidence is gathered from each student’s individual contribution.
  • Note how the teacher involves students in determining characteristics of effective contribution to the group.
  • Students are given opportunities to practice a skill prior to being assessed.

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  • 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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