Module 1 Commentary: Assessing Out-of-Pace Groups

Module 1: Assessment Basics


“I came across this question while reading some sources. I just want to know your thoughts on this. 

Q: Suppose you teach two class groups of the same age group with different socio-economic status. Let’s say the other group fails to keep up with the scheduled lesson objective for the class. In what way should you assess these students?

I am trying to deliberate some of my answers too. I find this question interesting and want to discover if we have common grounds of assessing individual or groups of students.”

– by Ivy Jane Jordan– Wednesday, 6 May 2015, 2:18 PM

This was an interesting question for most of us. Let me share my reply before and after studying the course.


I think it will be fair to give the same assessment tool to both groups. However, proper intervention should be given to those who are lagging behind. In my son’s school (special science school where learning pace is so fast and students are expected to perform well, and where the rich and the poor are of equal footing in terms of academic performance), free consultations and tutorials are given to those who are academically left behind. The class’ learning pace speeds up as usual, and those kids who need help just need to exert additional effort, with a lot of collaborative support from the school administration, the teachers, and the parents – through various program interventions (e.g. online tutorials; peer tutoring; teacher-student consultations; study-buddy system; guidance intervention; etc.).


Now that we’ve studied different types of assessment, I believe the answer to your question is: apply differentiated assessment! Design and employ differentiated assessment strategies that will help both the struggling group of learners and the advanced group with different backgrounds demonstrate best what they have learned! Ensure objectivity and fairness by employing clearly defined rubrics or criteria. Oh well, as a teacher, that’s what I’ll do (a challenge).


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