In Astana a workshop on the topic "Experience exchange in improving the use of criteria-based assessment" was conducted by Robert Good. The workshop was attended by 64 employees of AEO "Nazarbayev Intellectual schools" and the Center for Pedagogical Measurements.
– I remember many cases when teachers told me: "I am going to assess you according to the following criteria...", Robert Good began. – "Because if students do not know the rules of the games, they do not know what to do".
Robert Good is the Doctor of Education, Institute of Education, University of Sarasota, owner and consultant of «Good Learning & Teaching». With over 30 years of experience as an educator, Dr. Robert Good has had the privilege of working as a classroom teacher, district administrator, graduate-level adjunct faculty member, and educational consultant. Last years he was Assessment Coordinator, Teaching trainer and Director of Assessment and Research Department.
For three days, Robert Good provided theoretical knowledge on current assessment topics, involved participants in active work through collective discussion and solving practical problems on the issues of criteria-based assessment.
During the workshop, important topics related to assessment in the teaching culture, the psychometric bases of assessment and the recording of students' answers were addressed and discussed, the concepts of "formative" and "summative assessment" were considered, practical use of formative assessment strategies, as well as assessment standards used in theory and the US practice. In addition, the factors supporting the integration of assessment and learning were identified, the Backward design method and the process of developing the "Performance based assessment" tasks were presented.
Robert Good noted that in relation to students, factors such as trust and transparency are important. Students should know and believe that teachers take their interests into account and they will be truthful with them about the assessments and their results. In turn, teachers should share and discuss the assessment rubrics and assessment procedures / criteria with the students. Thus, students know that if they are assessed, then assessment is appropriate and conducted properly. "Without respect, there is no exchange of information between the teacher and the students," said Robert Good.