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Student Ownership of Assessment: Key #5

Hello colleagues, We've been highlighting Stanford University researcher and writer Linda Darling-Hammond's comments on 5 keys to comprehensive assessment in this video. The five keys include: 1) meaningful goals and measures, 2) formative assessment, 3) summative assessment, 4) performance-based assessment, and 5) student ownership.

Darling-Hammond notes that ideally assessment is "for the student." She argues that students should be continually engaged in both self- and peer-assessment as a means to take ownership of their learning. When students are regularly involved in assessing themselves this is self-motivating as students see themselves making progress toward their goals.

What are members' thoughts about engaging students in peer- and self-assessment? What are the benefits of each as you see it? Are there particular challenges? What are some concrete examples from your teaching?

The following quote from the video sums up the potential value of including the five keys to comprehensive assessment in our practice:

"When integrated into regular classroom practice, high-quality assessment that combines rubrics, self- and peer-assessment strategies and formative assessment can

  • improve writing and critical thinking skills
  • support engagement and academic performance in a range of subjects
  • be the most cost effective education intervention"

Please weigh in with your thoughts and experiences on the importance of "student ownership" with regard to assessment and learning.

Cheers, Susan Finn Miller

Moderator, Assessment CoP