Assessment for LearningThere are many ways to assess, and the methods chosen depend on the purpose of the assessment.
Assessment for Learning is about improving the teaching process. The better the insight a teacher has into how their students are progressing, the more they can adjust to meet student needs.
English Discoveries integrates quizzes and small tests throughout the lessons. Students can have their writing evaluated automatically and then sent to a teacher for their feedback, and record their voices for self, computer, and teacher feedback. Teachers can see student results in assessments alongside their progress through the units and individual lessons - and intervene in areas where the class is having trouble.
This is Assessment for Learning.
Teachers want to teach - not assess - and integrating assessment into the online components is one way to help them see how well students are able to do the tasks they're learning, so they can focus their attention effectively.