Assessment for Learning / Educative Assessment
Assessment is an ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving student learning. It involves making our expectations explicit and public; setting appropriate criteria and high standards for learning quality; systematically gathering, analyzing and interpreting evidence to determine how well performance matches those expectations and standards; and using the resulting information to document, explain and improve performance. (Angelo, T. 1995)
Assessment is part of the process of learning. As Knight,(2002) has indicated, timely feedback and sound formative assessment practices are likely to enhance learning more than almost any educational innovation.
To fail to provide criteria and standards of assessment is like sending students on a journey with neither a form of transportation nor a destination while assuring them that the instructor will let them know when they arrive.
(p.16, Teaching for Critical Thinking, STLHE Green Guide #6).