In most learning institutions, assessment is vital, especially in determining the performance of both the trainers and trainees in their course. Educational evaluation is the method of determining the student’s skills, abilities, and knowledge using exam tests and other techniques like a measure of intelligence and the level of achievement. The presentation covers the use of assessment in education.
Uses of Assessment in Education
In education, an evaluation is a useful factor that enables teachers to identify the potential of all learners. It also indicates the progress students are making towards succeeding in their course programs (Hill, 2017). Similarly, through assessment, tutors can determine technical areas that require more time for proper understanding; hence they can alter the learning criteria to accommodate the changes. Furthermore, it is used to identify areas of weakness in learning that require improvement to better performance.
Assessment is also useful in grading the learners based on the test performance or ability to read and comprehend. Through a series of evaluations, teachers can depict the right grade where the learner should be placed (Hill, 2017). Furthermore, the school administration can easily determine the work done by tutors based on the assessment. In case of some poor performance, the learners, through the educational evaluation, can realize areas in which they should put more effort to better their results.
Ethical Considerations Associated with Achievement and Intelligence Tests in Education
In education, ethics is a factor that has to be considered, especially when conducting evaluation tests for learners. To evaluate achievement and intelligence, trainers have to consider some set standards. Ethical consideration requires teachers to be the connection between students and the core standards (Hill, 2017). Doing a single test does not show the exact level of intellect in students; therefore, several tests should be done.
The ethical consideration for achievement and intelligence testing requires a regular test to indicate changes and possible advancement the learner has achieved during the course period. Several tests show a trend in performance, therefore, making it easier to assess the achievement of the student (Hill, 2017). In most cases, the ranking of trainees might mislead and cause misunderstanding between them and trainers. When conducting intelligence tests, it is advisable to give an assessment within the area of study to avoid misleading results.
Cultural Considerations Associated with Achievement and Intelligence Tests in Education
The majority of cultural groups have a different meaning of the word intelligence. The variation in meaning leads to a varied perception of intelligence tests in education (Hill, 2017). For example, the level of intelligence according to Eastern culture is linked to social responsibilities. Cultural background is connected to the achievement of most students in school. In learning institutions, language makes the assessment favor a group of learners.
In school, some assessment tests to evaluate intelligence level may go against a certain group of students, therefore not yielding the measure of the test (Hill, 2017). Again, factors like language differences and ethnicity can easily make the educational assessment tests to be misunderstood. Intelligence tests should be done by testing the ability and skills of an individual to reason.
Finally, the evaluation test allows the teachers to pinpoint the weakness and strengths of learners. It also allows the tutors and learners to add effort in their respective areas of teaching and studying, respectively. Ethical and cultural consideration determines the intelligence and level of achievement of the students. On the contrary, intelligence tests can result in stereotyping amongst learners, and the tests do not measure all types of intelligence. To realize the positive impacts of intelligence and achievement test, learning institutions should incorporate cultural diversity.
Hill, Y. Z. (2017). Excellent uses of assessment results: A UH Mānoa showcase. Web.