Pre- and post-assessments are used to assess the learning that takes place from participating in a learning activity. The pre-assessment is given to students before instruction, in order to determine their prior knowledge of the topic, or inaccurate knowledge, which is sometimes the case. After students have participated in the unit, they are given the post-assessment, which can be the same as the pre-assessment, a modified version, or something comparable that measures the same concepts.
Comparing students’ pre- and post-assessment results enables the teacher to determine whether the instruction was effective in increasing student knowledge and performance of the intended learning goals and measurable objectives.
To complete STEP Standard 3, collaborate with your cooperating teacher to design pre- and post-assessments for your instructional unit that align to state content standards and measure the intended learning objectives.
Complete the Pre- and Post-Assessment tables in Standard 3, and arrange with your mentor teacher to administer the pre-assessment to the students in your class. After administering the pre-assessment, answer the questions in STEP Standard 3.