Assessing student mastery is the final stage of the lesson cycle. It is when the teacher evaluates the learning outcome(s) of the lesson by measuring each student’s level of understanding. The teacher may use different assessment tools which can include (but are not limited to) short quizzes, tests, class discussions, hands-on experiments, cooperative learning activities, and/or graphic organizers. With the results, the teacher can identify causes for success or failures; make better decisions about what each student knows and what he/she still needs to learn; and devise appropriate solutions to help them achieve mastery.
- Prep work
- Prior to teaching the lesson, identify the learning targets.
- Determine an outcome students will be expected to meet that will show evidence of having achieved the goal.
- If materials are needed, prepare them beforehand.
- Communicate explicitly how students are going to be evaluated during the lesson. Provide a scoring guide or a rubric that reflects how the work will be assessed.
- Explain the steps of the assessment process to students and demonstrate if needed.
- If using performance or product based assessments, use examples and models of strong and weak work.
- Administer the assessment.
- Score the assessment.
- Record assessment data.
- Analyze and interpret the results.
- Use results data to direct future instruction.
- If the student demonstrates mastery, celebrate and plan for the next lesson.
- If the student does not demonstrate mastery, use corrective strategies until mastery is achieved.
- Provide student(s) with descriptive and precise feedback.
- Prep work