Self-Assessment Fuels Learning

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As 2015 comes to a close, you may find yourself reflecting on the past year. Self-assessment or thinking about what we’ve accomplished or left undone, and what’s led to success or failure, is a process most of us engage in as a closure activity at different times such as at year’s end or after losing the big game.

But, what if we engaged in self-assessment “during the game” so we could alter what we do when we get back on the field and change the outcome?

That’s what educators are asking students to do now—to engage in self-assessment with low-stakes activities during the learning process before they have to demonstrate achievement on high-stakes assessment. As formative assessment, self-assessment helps students shape their learning process to succeed in achieving learning outcomes. It is an essential component of effective personalized learning.

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