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Assessment for, as, and of learning can all be done while learning outside. The primary purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning (Ontario Science and Technology Curriculum grades 1-8, 2007, p. 21). Since inquiry-based and experiential-based learning that readily occurs outdoors stimulates student learning by direct involvement, assessment for and as learning naturally occurs. Using the questions, students ask and the interaction between teacher and student exploring together, learning goals and success criteria can be developed. Assessment of learning can also occur as teachers use a variety of observations and activities to evaluate achievement of overall expectations.

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