At Foresight Education (FE), we believe that the most authentic way to capture what a student knows, understands and has mastered is through authentic assessments. Authentic assessments provide the student with opportunities to share what was learned within real life contexts and in forums where the student receives immediate feedback and attention.
With this in mind, FE embeds assessment within lesson activities. This means that assessments are not thought of as separate activities to be given outside of or in addition to lesson activities. Rather, assessments are woven throughout topics, conversations, research, presentations and a final exhibit (presentation, video/audio, open-mic/futures slam session). Additionally, the student is not thought of as a separate unit -- to be judged by the teacher, who is also a separate unit. Instead, the student participates alongside the teacher and classmates to determine the soundness of his/her understandings.
The nature of these types of assessments reflects the pedagogical method for future studies, where the student is guided to (a) think critically, (b) imagine and create, (c) solve problems, (d) hone his/her abilities to make sense of factual evidence as it informs uncertainty and, (f) synthesize the evidence into well-reasoned opportunities for success.
Importantly, these assessments reflect many of the core evaluation strategies found within AP and IB schemas and the essential skills for 21st Century Skills and Knowledge. Beyond these well-regarded schemas, the assessments incorporate those skills and abilities essential for mastering foresight:
Summative Assessments ask:
Formative Assessments ask:
NOTE: FE is currently in the process of linking our assessments to Badges. Please see our section on Badges for more details.