All of my students too assessments today. A very few seemed to struggle, but the vast majority did an amazing job! The mistakes that were made seemed primarily to be ones of calculation rather than concept.
I was very careful to ensure that my grading aligned with the skills I was assessing.
I explained this to the students before the test and reminded them that if they show their work, then I'm able to see where they went wrong and that could be the difference between "You don't know what you're doing," which is a score of 5, and "You got this, but need to check your calculations" which is a score of 8 or 9.
I made sure to leave feedback where appropriate and did my best to interpret their meaning as well as their answers.
Even better, I added something at the end of each test. In the blank space at the end, I asked students how they thought the class was going, or to draw me something interesting.
I was not at all disappointed and will be doing that again for every assessment.
I don't mean to brag, but my students are pretty awesome.
That's a lie.
I totally mean to brag.