Assessments

Schools have an in built system of an examination process for assessing a child’s knowledge, and thereby sorting and grading them. This system however homogenizes the children in a classroom, overlooking the fact that each child is unique with a set of strengths and specific areas of improvement.

Yardstick partners with schools to build an assessment framework and a question bank. Yardstick’s assessments are based on student’s behavioral competencies, ability to think differently, ask the right questions at the right time, communication and presentation skills and problem-solving abilities.

Yardstick conducts two types of assessments: Hands-on assessments and Multiple-choice assessments.

In hands-on assessment, Yardstick generates a student profile that talks of not only the child’s conceptual understanding but also provides deep insights about his behavioral strengths. Assessment profiles help the parents to know of the child’s strengths and areas of improvement. They give an insight into his areas of interest and his learning style.

In multiple-choice assessment, concepts with real life applications are tested to understand the conceptual grasp of the child. The focus of these assessments is to clear misconceptions about basic concepts and to build the conceptual understanding of the child.

Assessment Development Process:

What do we want to know about student learning? This is the fundamental question that the Yardstick team had to answer before developing any assessment. Some of the dimensions of learning which are considered while preparing any assessment are:

1. Content Knowledge
What do students know? What can they report about objects and organisms and the principles that govern natural events? Content knowledge is one important goal of the Yardstick program, and a substantial number of tools and strategies are used to acquire data about students’ content acquisition.

2. Conducting Investigations
The enterprise of science is characterized by a number of activities that serve the purpose of acquiring information about the natural world. These include systematic observations, experimentation, equipment design, data organization, and much more. Can students conduct investigations to obtain data and extract meaning from those data? The Yardstick program has performance assessments incorporated into the investigations to provide information about this important dimension of student growth.

3. Building Explanations 
Making sense out of experiences and incorporating that sense into an ever-deepening knowledge is the highest order of achievement that Yardstick expects to provide for students.

Nature of Hands on Assessments

  1. Gives student profile
  2. Communication skills and Presentation skills
  3. Problem Solving skills
  4. Questioning skills
  5. Conceptual clarity
  6. Application of concept
  7. Creativity
  8. Logical ability
  9. Learning style

Nature of Multiple choice questions

  1. Multiple choice
  2. Connected to real life
  3. Application of concept
  4. Conceptual understanding
  5. Focus on Misconceptions

 

Sample Assessments: 
Hands on Learning

Multiple Choice Questions