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Prescription for Learning

Strengthening Curriculum using the Internet

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Once you've selected an activity that matches your classroom curriculum and have identified which learning standards this lesson will be addressing, the next important step is planning how you will assess student learning. Assessment should be an evaluative tool that measures student achievement of those standards or learning objectives.

  1. "The key to effective performance and valid scoring is setting standards and criteria in advance."
    (RMC Research Corporation, 22 January 2003)
  2. Once you have selected a valid scoring standard clearly communicate what this is to the students and parents before the project begins.
  3. Have a colleague read your assessment to see if it clearly measures the learning standards and goals for this project (does it make sense to them?).
  4. Involve the students in determining what should be included in the assessment. Students should have some decision-making role and should be actively involved with the assessment process.
  5. Include both summative and formative assessment.

Although the PREscription model for designing instruction appears linear (begins with PREassess, then looks at standards, then goes to the next step, etc.), instructional design should be constantly analyzed and evaluated on it's effectiveness so that students achieve the goals and objectives of the lesson. Much like a physician who constantly monitors and assesses the success of the prescribed medication, so too should an instructor monitor and assess the effectiveness of the lesson plan and adjust areas where students are not meeting the learning objectives.

Assessing Projects
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