Strategies for Using Informal Observations in Assessment


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What are three important things teachers do as a part of all observational assessments?

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1. Ms. Jones is using a rubric to document student performance during an oral poem composition task. What kind of observational assessment is Ms. Jones conducting?

2. Mr. Sanchez made a list of things he needs to do prior to using an intentional observational assessment of his students. Evaluate his list and indicate the item that is the most important thing he needs to do before conducting the assessment.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Teachers use a range of tools to chart student growth and measure academic progress and achievement. This quiz and worksheet review the strategies for assessing students through informal observations.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz on informal observations in assessment covers the following topics:

  • Tools for observational assessments
  • Characteristics of formal assessments
  • Main tasks required to assess students through observations
  • Spontaneous observational assessments
  • Planned opportunities for observation

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access your knowledge of elements applicable to all observational assessments
  • Interpreting Information - make sure you can read and correctly interpret information on the difference between informal and formal assessments
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the strategies to assess students through informal observations

Additional Learning

To learn more, read the lesson Strategies for Using Informal Observations in Assessment. The following objectives are part of the lesson:

  • Compare the different methods of assessing students through observations
  • Describe how a rubric is used in assessments based on observations
  • List some unplanned instances that teachers can use to assess student performance
  • Understand how observational assessments help teachers set goals for individual students