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  • 0:26 Assessments
  • 1:30 Assessment Tools
  • 2:53 Communicating Results
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Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In this lesson, we will discuss the teacher assistant's role in keeping records of student learning patterns in ways that help the classroom teacher target learning activities.

Monitoring Student Progress

Research shows that students make academic gains when learning is continuously monitored and adjusted. As a teacher assistant, you are in a unique position to evaluate the learning patterns of individual students so that the teacher can make planning adjustments to target the needs of students. Let's learn more about a teacher assistant's role in keeping records and assessing student progress.


How do you know that students are learning? As you are monitoring seatwork and providing extra help to those who need it, you're able to track individual student performance. This type of informal assessment is called a formative assessment. Formative assessments are informal evaluations that occur throughout a learning experience that guide instructional decisions and provide feedback to students. The purpose of formative assessments is to gather information to meet the learning needs of students.

Some examples of formative assessments include anecdotal records, observation, and questioning techniques. Formative assessments are not intended to be used for students' grades, but provide information necessary to help teachers target instruction based on the needs of students.

  • Anecdotal records are notes that teachers keep to indicate student performance according to learning or behavior goals.
  • Observation is watching students perform a learning activity to determine strengths and weaknesses so that students may receive targeted remediation.
  • Questions provide insight about how much students understand.

Assessment Tools

Teacher assistants use assessment tools to turn the mental notes they make throughout a learning segment into useful records. Let's discuss some assessment tools that should become familiar to teacher assistants.

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