Planning Backward

Evaluative criteria

Providing good evaluative criteria helps student know what to do next. It all starts with identifying what good student work looks like.

In this project we make the distinction that assessments are activities student do and evaluations are the judgments teachers make about the level of student learning. Good evaluations, based on clear and relevant criteria, map the ways student can use the feedback they receive from good assessment activities. Being clear about what good work looks like across content areas helps teachers know the progress students have made toward learning goals, and how to adjust instruction in support of greater student success.

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