The Assessment Department carries out its activities in order to collect and evaluate the data that would set the basis for the decisions to be made in various stages of planning and development of curricula and education itself in line with TED Rönesans College’s approach to education and principles.
The department helps determining what students know, understand, and can do in various stages of the learning process (i.e. before, during, and after learning) and helps teachers and students set new goals in line with the Differentiated Education philosophy. The results attained at the end of the assessments and the reports that are prepared provide feedback to the students, teachers, and parents. The department together with the teachers and the school administration contribute to the regular evaluation and improvement of the curricula.
THE ASSESSMENT DEPARTMENT
The Assessment Department:
Enables correct use of the assessment literature and the development of a common language and attitude;
Sets common criteria so that all teachers could objectively identify the “Participation in Class Activities and Performance Task” scores that appear on the student report-card;
Supports development and diversification of assessment tools by teachers;
Diversifies types of questions used in tests and class activities and their levels of difficulty;
Collects quality questions that are authentic and sets up a question bank for the school;
Uses technology to do analysis; evaluates the results of teaching; and provides feedback regarding the efficiency of curricula;
Keeps track of the innovations regarding assessment and organizes in-service trainings for the teachers regarding their needs related to assessment; and
Provides consultancy regarding all assessment activities of teachers.
The Principles of the Assessment Department
The assessment tools used to determine student achievement focuses not only on knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation skills but also on skills related to critical thinking, entrepreneurship, self-management, cooperation and team work, creative thinking, communication, research, and problem-solving, etc. Therefore, assessment tools focus both on formative and summative assessment.
For formative assessment we provide support to teachers regarding preparing performance tasks, projects, and portfolio activities in line with the assessment principles and techniques and we prepare proper assessment tools such as rubrics, checklists, observation forms, etc. together with the teachers.
For summative assessment we support teachers in preparing tests in line with the assessment principles and techniques by using open-ended long-answer questions, multiple choice questions, open-ended short answer questions, matching questions, and true-false questions.
The assessment system in our school helps carry out a process that would enhance the quality of education, facilitate the decision-making process for teachers and the administration, motivate students for learning, and inform the parents.
The formative and summative assessment activities carried out in school enable the following practices:
They provide opportunities for assessment, reflection, sharing, displaying skills, and exploring one’s own learning processes.
They enable employing various learning styles and multiple intelligence.
They are related to real-life experience.
They provide opportunities to collect evidence, do planning, set criteria, reflect, and report on teaching and learning process.
They take into consideration different learning styles and development levels using a variety of strategies and tools that are balanced.
They share the criteria regarding the expected product at the end of the assessment in advance.
They provide evidence regarding students’ learning and progress and support the student.
The Activities of the Assessment Department
The department carries out development activities with departments and grade-levels related to preparing tests, projects, and tools to determine student performance –using the Score for Participation in Classes and Activities and Performance Task- (used in the process of “Assessment Using Points and Grades” stated in the MoE’s Regulation for Primary Education Institutions) across the board in line with the assessment principles and techniques.
It enables setting the main common criteria for calculating and giving the Score for Participation in Classes and Activities in all grade-levels in the school.
It provides scientific support to carry out the preparations and implementation of Projects, Performance Tasks, Rubrics, and Portfolio Activities as a common system across the board in line with the assessment principles and techniques.
It provides scientific support for teachers in terms of the preparations of tests and questions in Grades 4-6.
It analyses tests and test items after they are given. It shares the results of the analysis with related people and provides guidance regarding the interpretation of the results.
It carries out the activities related to the establishment and development of the Question Bank for TED Rönesans College using the questions prepared by the school teachers.
It organizes in-service trainings related to assessment based on teacher needs.
It carries out the other assessment activities requested by the school administration.