Last week I received an email from a colleague asking about an assessment tool that would allow for questions types that include more than multiple choice options. This colleague has been using Quizizz and has been quite happy with it. However, as a math teacher, she wants to have other options outside of the A-B-C-D options. I immediately referred her to Formative. Over the past year, I have shared a presentation created for the Digital Learning Competencies program that specifically met standard 4 - Data Tools and Assessment. The presentation "More Rare Than Gold: Platinum Tools for Data and Assessment" has been shared in many conferences and workshops with some outstanding educators. In this presentation, I discuss different criteria that I use for assessment and data tools. These criteria help to guide educators in making decisions about which tools to use. Before sharing the specific criteria I use, it is important to understand the reason that data is being collected. Educators must consider the following questions prior to selecting an assessment tool. Why is collecting this data important and how will it be used to make instructional decisions regarding student learning? Will the tool be used for formative or summative assessment or both? What types of data need to be collected?
Once the purpose of the data collection is determined, I then apply my criteria for selecting a tool.
With any data and assessment tool, it is important that the selected tool is one that the teacher is comfortable using. I have presented the criteria that I use in selecting these tools but encourage all educators to develop their own criteria that meets their needs. Also it is crucial that teachers use the collected data to make instructional decisions that ultimately benefits students and their learning. Why criteria do you use or considering when selecting a data and assessment tool? Share your thoughts below.
The ideas shared here are my own and do not necessarily represent my employers, associations, or organizations. These thoughts are entirely my own.