Assessment is the mechanism used to measure educational achievement. Assessment is important because it affects how the students view themselves; the way parents, community, and governing bodies evaluate schools and districts; and the way the citizens of this nation compete with those of other nations in a worldwide marketplace. Assessment in Contemporary Health should focus on students’ attainment of health literacy, which includes the knowledge of health-related information as well as critical thinking, problem solving, responsible citizenship, self-directed learning and effective communication.
Student assessment is vital to the advancement of health education in schools. Quality assessments of student learning are provided throughout Contemporary Health (K-8) and (9-12) for teacher convenience.
Below are suggested assessments designed to assess the objectives and competencies in the Mississippi Contemporary Health Curriculum and some environment assessment tools to support quality health education programs in Mississippi Schools.