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May 2, 2022


Hello, Let’s Blog! readers. Thanks for reading us once again. This month’s post discusses a potent tool in the teaching-learning process. That is to say: assessment. 


The root word “value” is at the heart of the noun assessment, which means “worth.” So, an assessment is an attempt to find the worth of something. We do this every day.


We can say that educational assessment is a tool of great importance for the learning process in our area. Because education is a long process, and assessment as a tool is part of it. It needs to be systematically constant and objective in the information it collects. All that information can be obtained to guide the student based on the analysis of the results concerning the previously set objectives. In addition to the above, the assessment shows students’ progress and the knowledge acquired.


The assessment process is divided into three key moments: beginning (with a diagnostic assessment), ongoing (with a continuous formative assessment), and final (with a summative assessment). We will explain each stage to you.

Diagnostic assessment


To determine the starting point, it is necessary to conduct a diagnostic assessment that helps the teacher understand students’ capacities, abilities, and skills. It is also helpful to set the course objectives more precisely.

Formative assessment


It is a constant and systematic process in which information is collected and analysed to understand and assess the learning processes and the levels of progress in the development of skills. On this basis, decisions are made in a timely and pertinent manner to improve the learning and teaching processes continuously. In this sense, this assessment aims to develop students’ competencies.

Summative assessment


Its purpose is to certify, generally awarding a mark to the learning achieved by the students. It is essential to highlight the dual purpose of summative assessment. On the one hand, it complies with providing information about the extent to which students achieved specific learning objectives. This information can and should be communicated to all actors in the educational community, students, parents, teachers, and the management team, to achieve both involvement and best teaching practices. The other edge of this type of assessment is the certification of the learning achieved. In other words, this is a formal instrument (generally a grade) that accredits student learning.

Perhaps before reading this post, you thought that assessment was only part of the end of the teaching-learning process, but we are glad that you now know that such is not the case. Instead, assessment is an essential tool that should accompany students and us from the beginning. As a result, at Richmond Solution, as part of our digital solution, we have the Richmond Test Manager, a great ally to assess students at the beginning, during, and end of the course. Learn more about it and how it works by watching this video:

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