Differentiated Assessment

"...An ongoing process through which teachers gather data before, during, and after instruction from multiple sources to identify learners' needs and strengths."
-Chapman and King

The following acronym has been adopted from Chapman and King's One Tool Doesn't Fit All, to serve as a helpful reminder of how to implement differentiated assessment.

Analyze individual strengths and needs

Strategically plan for each learner to improve and excel

Set new objectives

Explore abilities

Supply assistance and apprpriate materials

Stress growth

Monitor for immediate intervention

Empower with self-directed assessment strategies

Nurture and support efforts

Translate needs and strengths into active learning

Steps for Implementing Differentiated Assessment:

1. Brain research

2. Create a positive climate

3. Know the learner

4. Assess before and during instruction

5. Assess after instruction

6. Differentiate learning based on needs of students