What is feedback?
“Feedback is an objective description of a student’s performance intended to guide future performance. Unlike evaluation, which judges performance, feedback is the process of helping our students assess their performance, identify areas where they are right on target and provide them tips on what they can do in the future to improve in areas that need correcting.”
W. Fred Miser
“Research has shown that effective feedback is not a discrete practice, but an integral part of an instructional dialogue between teacher and student, (or between students, or between the student and him/herself).”From “Providing Students with Effective Feedback
“Feedback is not about praise or blame, approval or disapproval. That’s what evaluation is – placing value. Feedback is value-neutral. It describes what you did and did not do.”Grant Wiggins
What is the Criteria for Effective Feedback?
What does the Criteria for Effective Feedback mean?
- Teacher evaluates the student’s work compared to a standard
- Grade is objective and directly related to the standard, not to subjective considerations or to matters unrelated to the standard.
- Evaluation of the same work is not distorted by the gender, ethnicity, home language, or economic status of the student.
- The same work by the same student should receive the same grade, even if the teachers are different
- Students and parents understand exactly how grades are earned
- They see a clear relationship between student actions and the grades on the report card
- Students receive the feedback in a timely enough manner
- Students can associate the feedback with the work that generated the feedback