Assessing and checking student understanding in CS Discoveries and CS Principles

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How should I choose what student activities to assess / check?

Code.org course materials contain a variety of assessment opportunities that can be used formatively (to check for understanding) or summatively (for evaluation). Sometimes students will submit their work on these levels online through Code.org, and in other cases, they’ll work offline on paper, or in other, in-person activities.

Almost all student activities in Code.org curriculum allow for teachers to check for understanding, but starting in the 2019 - 2020 versions of our CS Principles and CS Discoveries courses, we’ve also nominated select levels or specific locations within lessons as recommended assessment opportunities. These locations were chosen because they allow students to demonstrate learning in a variety of ways and represent good places for teachers to check in on student understanding of key concepts.

You can learn about recommended assessment opportunities in Lesson Plans under the Assessment Opportunities header (CSD-only), or by looking for a check-mark icon (mceclip7.png) in the Lesson Plan.

You can also see which levels are recommended assessment opportunities in the progress pane of the teacher dashboard and on unit overview pages. Typically, these opportunities are marked with a checkmark icon and the level bubbles are filled in with solid purple when students have completed them.

Teacher dashboard

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Unit Overview Pages

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Can I look at the work my students did and leave feedback for them?

Yes! You can view a student's work on a level and leave feedback for them in CS Discoveries and CS Principles courses. Students will be notified of feedback you've left them when the sign in to Code.org Learn more about leaving your students feedback on a level.

Want to learn more about assessing student work?

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    Jo Davidsmeyer

    Article doesn't tell you where to find the Teacher Feedback tab. I have looked everywhere ... don't know if I am looking in wrong place or it is missing on my pages. A picture or description of where to find the tab would be very helpful.

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    Amanda_Admin

    Hi Jo! The Feedback tab is located near the Instructions on programming levels in CS Discoveries and CS Principles courses. You can learn more about leaving feedback here: https://support.code.org/hc/en-us/articles/360035582612-How-do-I-leave-feedback-for-my-students- Hope this helps!

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