Methods for Assessing Students' Prior Knowledge & Skills


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What is prior knowledge in education?

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1. Why should teachers assess for prior knowledge?

2. Who benefits from assessing prior knowledge?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

See how much you now about assessing the prior knowledge of students with the help of this quiz and worksheet. The quiz requires you to be familiar with both direct and indirect student assessments for prior knowledge.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Here's what you'll be tested on:

  • Definition of prior knowledge in education
  • Why teachers should assess for prior knowledge and who benefits
  • Forms of direct assessment
  • Characteristic of indirect assessments

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about assessing students' prior knowledge
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about who benefits from prior knowledge assessments and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding why teachers should assess for prior knowledge

Additional Learning

To keep learning about this topic, be sure to review the lesson titled Methods for Assessing Students' Prior Knowledge & Skills. Below is a snapshot of what's reviewed in this lesson:

  • Examples of how assessing for prior knowledge can be beneficial
  • Conversations with students to gauge their understanding
  • Use of student portfolios
  • Concept maps