Assessments-An Overview

A Roadmap to Assessments

  • Ayushi Singh
    Ayushi Singh

Unlike in other countries, in India, students cannot spend their summer holidays working at various grocery stores or fast-food restaurants. The duties of Indian students are ordinary and simple. They do not have core responsibilities like the abroad students.


In India, in all the K-12 public schools, the effectiveness of a student is determined by the test scores obtained by them in school or state exams. But test scores are not considered entirely accurate in determining learning effectiveness, and it also does not help school teachers in building strategic development plans. Hence, it is essential to give 360-degree feedback to improve the student's skills. The 360-degree feedback is a method where students will receive feedback from teachers, peers, parents, and through self-evaluation. This feedback is essential for future developments. Now, let's discuss in brief what are the types of assessments and how 360-degree feedback is helpful in the overall development of a student in the future.


360-degree feedback is best for continuous learning


The learners are encouraged to continue learning because of the 360-degree feedback. It is a type of assessment where the learners' ability to alter or enhance their behavior depends on the feedback process. Therefore, it is crucial to set remarks early on in the process to meet their expectations. Throughout this process, the best course of action is to encourage openness in receiving the comments, understand oneself, where they stand, and correct facts from many views.


360-degree feedback develops self-awareness and improves students' performance


Student report cards should be holistic in providing a 360-degree, multidimensional overview of their progress across the cognitive, affective, socioemotional, and psychomotor domains. This assessment involves parents in their children's holistic education and development and gives teachers and parents helpful information on how to support each student in and out of the classroom; the reports must have a significant connection between home and school and should be accompanied by parent-teacher conferences.


A 360-degree report card can limit the scope of prejudices at all levels. Subjectivity is automatically eliminated by the system's detailed report and its design. The system helps track progress and provide timely feedback because it is built on the idea of continuous assessment. Creating a culture of self-evaluation and awareness of one's areas of strength and progress is the primary goal of the 360-degree report. This is a significant improvement in supporting greatness.
Every unit students complete should be linked to a 360-degree report, and learning outcomes should be recorded using technology. In addition, artificial intelligence should be used in assessments to track student progress and gather information on their strengths and weaknesses.


The 360-degree school report cards must be holistic


In all Indian schools, the assessments of the report cards should be 360-degree, which means they must be multidimensional reports. The meaning of a multidimensional report is that the report cards should contain the learner's progress in affective, cognitive, psychomotor, and socio-emotional domains. In addition, it must have an essential link between school and home and be accompanied by parent-teacher meetings for the student's development and holistic education. This also helps to provide valuable data to the teachers and parents on how to support each student inside and outside the class.


The positive aspect of the 360-degree school report card is that it reduces the scope for disadvantages at all levels. In addition, it automatically removes subjectivity as it gives a comprehensive report card. This type of continuous assessment efficiently assists in tracking the student's progress and provides timely feedback. The primary goal of a 360-degree report card is to create a culture of self-assessment and to understand the strengths and areas for improvement. To endorse excellence, this goal can be considered a considerable jump.


It is essential that in every aspect of learning, the outcome of the students must be associated with a 360-degree report card. Learning outcomes also must be captured by using technology.


Few important ed-tech tips for the teachers


A few essential and latest ed-tech solutions for the teachers that help them to improve their teaching effectiveness and efficiency are the following:

  1. Try to make teaching easy and effective for the students.
  2. Conduct continuous workshops, training, feedback, observation, platforms, tools, assessments, tips, etc., to improve your teaching and become an excellent teacher.
  3. Connect with the teachers' network to learn and share best practices.


Conclusion


In this article, we have learned that 360-degree assessments are critical for the students to create opportunities in different areas that otherwise are impossible to include in the education system. It will also establish a sense of empowerment within the student; hence, they get inspired to engage in all the activities. Such a roadmap to assessments is a great initiative to enhance the scope for appreciation for the learners.

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