Reaping the benefits of assessment for learning: achievement, identity, and equity

Reaping the benefits of assessment for learning: achievement, identity, and equity In many parts of the world, there is an increased demand for effectiveness and equity in education and for the development of students who see themselves as lifelong learners to meet economic and social challenges. Assessment for learning (AfL) can play a significant role in achieving these three demands. The purpose of Af L is to inform learning, not to measure it or sum it up; it is assessment that focuses on learning as it is taking place, not at the end of a sequence of learning; and it is intended to move learning forward from its current status. There is ample evidence that when effectively implemented Af L can improve learning for all students. However, less attention has been paid to the impact of AfL on the development of students’ mathematical identities and to supporting equity goals. This paper uses a practice-based example to illustrate the benefits of Af L to student learning, to students’ identities as doers of mathematics and to equity in the classroom. Consid- eration is also given to the particular case of English learners to illustrate how effective A fL practices can also support both language and concept development. Keywords Assessment for learning · Equity · http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ZDM Springer Journals

Reaping the benefits of assessment for learning: achievement, identity, and equity

ZDM , Volume OnlineFirst – May 28, 2018
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Publisher
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by FIZ Karlsruhe
Subject
Education; Mathematics Education; Mathematics, general
ISSN
1863-9690
eISSN
1863-9704
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11858-018-0943-3
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Abstract

In many parts of the world, there is an increased demand for effectiveness and equity in education and for the development of students who see themselves as lifelong learners to meet economic and social challenges. Assessment for learning (AfL) can play a significant role in achieving these three demands. The purpose of Af L is to inform learning, not to measure it or sum it up; it is assessment that focuses on learning as it is taking place, not at the end of a sequence of learning; and it is intended to move learning forward from its current status. There is ample evidence that when effectively implemented Af L can improve learning for all students. However, less attention has been paid to the impact of AfL on the development of students’ mathematical identities and to supporting equity goals. This paper uses a practice-based example to illustrate the benefits of Af L to student learning, to students’ identities as doers of mathematics and to equity in the classroom. Consid- eration is also given to the particular case of English learners to illustrate how effective A fL practices can also support both language and concept development. Keywords Assessment for learning · Equity ·

Journal

ZDMSpringer Journals

Published: May 28, 2018

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