Formal Assessments: Examples & Types

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Instructor: Yolanda Williams

Yolanda has taught college Psychology and Ethics, and has a doctorate of philosophy in counselor education and supervision.

Formal assessments are tests that systematically measure how well a student has mastered learning outcomes. Learn more about formal assessments and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Definition of Formal Assessments

Imagine that you are a fifth grade teacher at an elementary school. You are looking for ways to evaluate whether or not your students are learning and understanding the material being taught to them. You also want to compare the performance of your students to the performance of other fifth grade students in your school. But how do you do this? One of the ways in which you can accomplish this goal is by using formal assessments.

So, what are formal assessments? Formal assessments are systematic, preplanned methods of testing students that are used to determine how well students have learned the material that is being taught in the classroom. In other words, formal assessments provide a way to know what the students know.

Each formal assessment has the same set of expectations for all of the students who are taking the assessment. Each formal assessment also has specific criteria used for scoring and interpretation. The main purpose of formal assessment is to measure the amount of knowledge that students have retained from what they have been previously taught. Other uses of formal assessments include:

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