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Assessment to Improve and Evaluate Mastery of Learning

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Assessment is an integral part of learning, so the Brightspace platform has been designed to provide teachers with the flexibility to assess learning in a variety of teaching and learning models. Whether providing assessment for learning (to determine where students are and where they need to go), assessment as learning (where formative assessment and feedback promote the process of learning), or assessment of learning (to evaluate and measure learning), Brightspace delivers ease and flexibility.

Assessments in Brightspace are designed to make set up and participation easy. Assessments enable teachers to teach the way they want while making it simple to measure and track student achievement and reach out to students on progress and results—so they can foster growth and engagement. Teachers can assess using assignments, quizzes, discussions, rubrics and more, all with feedback designed to engage, motivate, and empower students.

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Promote student reflection in formative assessment

In addition to creating discussions, low-stake quizzes and self-assessment opportunities in Brightspace for formative assessment, teachers can use the Portfolio tool to give students an opportunity to document their process of learning, reflect on their process, and get the formative feedback they need to improve.

Evaluate learner progress with interim assessments

Quickly create quizzes to assess concept mastery throughout a course by copying questions from an existing course, grabbing them from a shared district collection, or even importing a CSV file. Use release conditions to set proficiency goals before students can progress to new concepts, to scaffold new materials, or to release content based on a specific student’s needs.

Deliver standards-aligned summative assessments

Create and deliver traditional standards-aligned assessments to gather insight into individual student progress and differentiate instruction. The Question Library is a central repository that stores and archives quiz questions that you can reuse within a course for your formative, interim, and summative assessments. Create multiple collections within the Library to organize your questions by type and topic, making it easier for you to find questions, pull them into your assessments, and even create a randomized pool. Share assessments with classrooms across the district or state to gather comparable data on students to identify trends and target interventions and resources.

Assess students with differing needs

Provide individual students modified submission dates and/or extra time on quizzes and exams with the Special Access feature. Teachers can grant global Accommodations through the Classlist tool, such as adding more time to complete quizzes and the ability to bypass right-click restrictions in quizzes. ReadSpeaker, a tool which converts text to speech, is also available in Assignments and Quizzes to make them available to students with differing needs.

Standards-based assessment

Teachers can easily identify and evaluate student comprehension with Mastery View. Understand the overall level of achievement by student related to each standard being taught in a course in one spot. Quickly scan a learner’s overall achievement across the entire course and the overall level of comprehension of a learning outcome across all students. Instructors can then drill further in to view each learner’s performance and access links to specific evidence items associated with each standard.

Share assessment results with parents

Progress, reflections and learning experiences can easily be shared in the Portfolio tool. Brightspace Parent & Guardian allows authorized parents and guardians to log in to Brightspace to see their child’s classroom activity feed, shared Portfolio items, graded items and graded feedback from instructors, upcoming assignments, and quizzes. This helps parents gain a window into the classroom to engage with their young learners and maintain awareness of upcoming work.

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Innovate with a variety of assessment and feedback tools

Provide choice and autonomy to teachers and students in assessing knowledge and concept mastery.

  • Video assessments provide students with experiential and authentic learning opportunities by applying their knowledge in another real-world medium. Students also have access to multiple feedback options, including peer-to-peer.
  • Rubrics allow teachers to provide feedback to students for project-based and other nonstandard assessment formats.
  • Use the Portfolio tool to have students collect and organize evidence of their learning to share with subsequent teachers as they advance in their education journey. Teachers can provide feedback as students master concepts over time.
  • Teachers can collaborate on teaching innovation, best practices and other trends through assessment sharing.
  • Collaborative tools easily enable classroom, school, and district level data analysis and reports.

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