This week I developed the assessment plan for my Overthrowing a government project. I took a curricular approach in developing my assessments. I focused on the learning outcomes from the Alberta Curriculum I work with. I would target an outcome (sometimes more than one) and would develop the assessment idea to ensure these outcomes were covered. I would indicate these outcomes in the footer which is something I have been doing for a few years now as sort of a personal accountability measure for my assessment practices. I can quickly see which outcomes I have dealt with and also which outcomes still need to be addressed. This also helps assure my students that I am having them do activities they are truly supposed to be doing.
I have thought long and hard about allowing some student voice within the creation of the rubrics I have included. Although I have created the rubric, I would say it is more of a starting point. I would like to go over it with the class and have them change the rubric into student friendly language. In my way of thinking, this would help develop a deep understanding of what was expected of them and and therefore help students hit the targets I am hoping for. Students may also be more engaged in the whole process if they feel some ownership on how they will be assessed. I also assume I will have to give less specific feedback at the end of the assessment as the students will already have a good understanding on what the difference between one grade and the next. It will be interesting to see how well this works out.
My assessment plan can be found here.