Student Assessment in the Classroom: Tools & Methods

Student Assessment in the Classroom: Tools & Methods
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Instructor: Derek Hughes
Assessment is one of the most important things you will do in your classroom, as it drives your instruction and helps you meet each student's needs. This lesson will introduce you to some tools and methods for assessment.

Assessment in the Classroom

As a teacher, you probably spend all day assessing your students. You might not believe this because you're not giving students tests all day, ever day. However, everything you do in the classroom usually revolves around an assessment. Assessment in the classroom is any activity that teachers or students do that informs teachers about the progress their students are making.

For example, think back to a time when you asked a student in your classroom a simple question to check for understanding. You have just conducted an assessment. It may have been short and provided a very narrow piece of information, but you still learned something about that student's progress. This lesson will detail several common assessment tools and methods that you can use in your classroom to monitor student progress and drive instruction.


First, we'll start off with the standard pencil and paper test, which is the kind of assessment you might give at the end of a unit or series of lessons on a topic. Giving pencil-and-paper tests can become problematic if you are inexperienced with test design or did not have clear instructional objectives for your lessons. These tests must be carefully designed so that they are testing whether students have attained the instructional objectives you put forward.

A well designed test, however, can give you a huge amount of data about how students learned during your lessons. They can also be used to determine which skills might need to be retaught to which students. The data obtained from tests can be incredibly helpful for driving instruction and changing your plans from year to year.

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