Sample Essay on Evaluating Assessments to Improve Learning


In some cases, instructors use assessment methods that are not favorable to the students. It turns out to be intricate for the students to interpret assignments and the questions that are set. Instructors can also give learners varied information making it difficult for the students to distinguish between them like in question  #2 where we had students divided on choosing either A or D. the student may not have been use the review question before, being the first experience the student had to vary in their responses (Bass. 2009).

A participant’s capacity to answer a test can be evaluated using an assessment. For a test to be valuable and dependable it should be designed in a more effective manner. Teamwork is also encouraged to enable the instructor so as to be more efficient. Instructors are however asked to be very careful since the new test may not be equally understood by the learners (Suskie, 2009).

In question 2 where participants chose either A or D and yet the correct answer is A, the instructor’s question may have been ambiguous providing for different interpretations and both interpretations were evident in both A and D making the participants to chose the answer according to how he/she understood. When more than 90% of participants fail to get the correct response for a certain question as in question 6, the instructor may have used a jargon that is not recognized by the participants. The almost 10% that gave the correct response may be as a result of lack through guess work. In a case where 75% of the low performing participants give a right response while 80% of the high performing participants fail to give the right response as in question 9, the instructor may have put a simple question with two different interpretations. One of the interpretations is simple and therefore chosen by the low performers and the other interpretation complex that the bright ones ought for (Bass. 2009).

An instructor using the statistical analysis should be able to explore, predict and explain students leaning by apply various instructional strategies (Reeves, 2004). When more than 50% of the participants fail a test, the instructor should consider changing the teaching methods and the design of the curriculum used in teaching since the problem is not the participants but the methods of instruction used.  Better performing and low-performing students should be easily distinguished according to performance in a test.  Instructors can consider revising the test and later reusing the same questions in different tests to evaluate how the participants fair (Suskie, 2009)


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Reeves, D. B. (2004). Assessing educational leaders: Evaluating performance for improved individual and organizational results. Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press, A Sage Publications Company.

Suskie, L. (2009). Analyzing assessment results. Baltimore: Laureate Education, Inc.