Susan Riley | January 2014

Building an Assessment Profile

Be honest…how much do you hate the word “assessment”?  That’s one of those words that you avoid at all possible costs and hope that an administrator doesn’t ask you about them as you’re walking down the halls.  I can’t tell you how many meetings I have sat in discussing the importance of assessments, only to give my pencil to a colleague for fear that I may use it to poke out my own eye.

Yet, assessments can be a key part of our instruction, rather than an add-on that we do because we have to for our grade books.  How?  Through assessment profiles.  It’s like our own nutrition plan for teaching and learning.  By building an assessment profile, we ensure that assessments become an organic part of how and what we teach our students.

In today’s coaching call, you’ll discover the various types of assessments that you can include in the profile, why they are important to instruction and the creative process, and how to create an assessment profile that works for you and your students. Take 3 minutes for yourself today to make a difference in your teaching – just click play.

Interested in more strategies like this for breathing life into your assessments?

Try our Assessment for Makers online class.  It’s worth 10 PD hours, and you’ll leave with a portfolio of ideas, tools, and resources to make assessments a meaningful part of your classroom.  Happy learning!

About the Author

Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, STEAM, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter. Email Susan