Constructing an effective assessment is a challenge for every practicing teacher. As a personal observation in institutions were I had been a student and a teacher shows, that most of the teachers seldom adopt multiple technique to assess students. Probably because of the time required to prepare for a new type of test or the difficulty in creating the same. I love teachers who design uniquely an assessment where me and my friends expressly appreciates by stating the line that, “exam na pinag isipan talaga”.
It would be more interesting to respond in a series of measure that show student’s understanding through multiple methods. A better understanding of lessons would perhaps be expected from the learner if teachers can just find ways to design assessment not by focusing on just one method for this has limitations. Opportunity for students to grow and to learn is the main goal of assessment and this can be done by trying different approaches. To experiment and try new does not mean abandoning the traditional assessment but opening avenue to keep the students learning.
Grant Wiggins (1998) used the term ‘educative assessment’ to describe techniques and issues that educators should consider when they design and use assessments. His message is that the nature of assessment influences what is learned and the degree of meaningful engagement by students in the learning process. Teachers of today must be creative in designing assessment that would drive their learners to learn.
Assessment not just impacts student’s learning and motivation but also influences the nature of instruction in the classroom. Good assessment enhances instruction that will inform teachers about what activities and assignments will be most useful, what level of teaching is most appropriate, and how summative assessments provide diagnostic information. It is not merely the student that should be learning but teachers as well must study how to craft a better and effective assessment.