Effective Assessment in Kindergarten

Project Overview
Educators in this project conducted collaborative inquiry to investigate the big question:
How can we embed authentic assessment into play-based learning so that children will be successful, engaged, and independent learners?   They developed specific, focussed inquiry questions related to the Theory of Action and are sharing the results of their ongoing professional learning on this site.

Project Theory of Action
If we:

  • Ensure that students know what it looks like to learn successfully,
  • Provide feedback to help them learn,
  • Model/support opportunities for self-assessment and peer assessment, and
  • Help them set individual goals,

Then our students will be able tobe increasingly independent, self-monitoring learners.

Board Developed Inquiry Questions:
How do process oriented learning goals provide opportunities for students to demonstrate peer and self-assessment?

Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board

Key Learnings   

Process oriented learning goals allow for learning to be generalized in a play and inquiry based classroom PDF
   
Building a common understanding of success criteria must occur to support peer and self- assessment. PDF
   
The importance of helping students develop their self-assessment capabilities PDF
   
Peer and self-assessment are ongoing processes, not events PDF


Learning Artefacts   

An example of a process oriented learning goal
The educator teams developed process oriented learning goals based on the program expectations using the conversations and experiences shared with the children to express the learning in a way that was meaningful to their learners.
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Participants’ Learning Plan
Participants in this collaborative inquiry applied the processes of assessment for learning and assessment as learning to their own learning experience.
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Educator Reflections   

An example of a process oriented learning goal
The educator teams developed process oriented learning goals based on the program expectations using the conversations and experiences shared with the children to express the learning in a way that was meaningful to their learners.
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