Each year my family adopts a family in need. We use this as a way to give back to others in our local community, as well as teach our son about the spirit of Christmas. This year we adopted a single mom of twins. I was excited to see what wonderful items were on their wish list. I opened the envelope and tears streamed down my face. I simply had no words to describe how heavy my heart was at that moment. There were only two items listed- diapers and wipes. These are bare necessities. We have families in our community that are struggling to meet fundamental needs. I made it my mission for 2012 to become more involved in helping others in my local community. I have a family, full time job, part-time consulting job, and I am a full time doctoral student. However, I do have something to give back. It may be time, donations…I am not sure yet, but I am committed in 2012 to be a change agent.
Aussie (2010) identified ten key components of assessment:
1. The primary purpose of assessment is to improve student performance.
2. Assessment should be based on an understanding of how students learn.
3. Assessment should be an integral component of course design and not something to add afterwards.
4. Good assessment provides useful information to report credibly to parents on student achievement.
5. Good assessment requires clarity of purpose, goals, standards and criteria.
6. Good assessment requires a variety of measures.
7. Assessment methods used should be valid, reliable and consistent.
8. Assessment requires attention to outcomes and processes.
9. Assessment works best when it is ongoing rather than episodic.
10. Assessment for improved performance involves feedback and reflection.