About This Chapter
Analyzing Assessment Data to Drive Instruction - Chapter Summary
This collection of resources for special education teachers helps you use assessment data to influence your curricula and instruction. Our expert instructors will show you how to properly evaluate assessment data, understand statistical results, analyze test scores and more.
You can take lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to make sure you've fully retained these assessment concepts and are ready to apply them to your own instruction. These lessons are available at any time of day or night, which allows you to access them on your own schedule.
How It Helps
- Improves assessment analysis skills: You'll practice statistical analysis so you can better understand assessment results.
- Helps plan lessons: Lessons help you use assessments to plan a language arts curriculum.
- Enhances instructional skills: By using assessment data to drive your instruction, you'll be able to modify your curricula to meet your students needs.
Upon completion of this chapter, you should be able to:
- Use assessment data for instruction
- Explain precision, accuracy and errors in data
- Use multiple sources of data for assessments and determine why doing so is beneficial
- Understand basic score distribution statistics to summarize assessment results
- Apply the statistics of mean, median and mode for assessments
- Analyze standardized test scores
- Plan language arts instruction using assessments
1. Benefits of Using Assessment Data to Drive Instruction
Assessments are powerful tools that can give you precise data about student learning. Using that data to drive instruction is incredibly important for effective teaching. This lesson will detail some benefits of using data to drive instruction.
2. Evaluating Data: Precision, Accuracy & Error
The data you present as a scientist need to be as accurate, precise and error-free as possible. In this lesson, we'll discuss what each of these terms means, as well as how error is introduced into measurements and other data collection.
3. Using Multiple Data Sources for Assessments
What is the best way for teachers to assess their students' knowledge and skills? In this lesson, we'll discuss different types of assessments and why using multiple data sources to assess learning is best for students and teachers alike.
4. Summarizing Assessment Results: Understanding Basic Statistics of Score Distribution
Summarizing test results is a critical component of the assessment process. In order for results to be used effectively, they must be summarized in a way that allows educators to compare the achievement of one student to others. This lesson will describe the first step in summarizing results: understanding the basic statistics of score distribution.
5. Using Mean, Median, and Mode for Assessment
How does a teacher decide what is a good exam score and what is a bad one? This lesson focuses on classroom assessment, but instead of different types of assessment (such as essay versus true/false questions), we'll discuss statistical methods for summarizing scores on any form of testing. Specifically, this lesson covers the statistical tools known as the mean, median and mode.
6. Understanding Standardized Test Scores
In this lesson, you'll learn about the basic terms used in standardized test scores, such as scoring curves and the standard deviation, which can help you explain test results to parents and students. You'll also discover how most students perform on standardized tests and have the chance to assess your new knowledge of the topic with a brief quiz.
7. Using Assessments to Plan Language Arts Instruction
Teachers make decisions about what to teach and when from many sources. One of these is using assessments. How does this work? This lesson outlines using assessments to inform instruction in language arts.
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Other chapters within the Special Education Assessment in the Classroom course
- Types of Assessment in Education
- Overview of Standardized Tests
- Assessment Strategies & Limitations
- Assessment & Special Education
- Curriculum-Based Measurement for Reading
- Curriculum-Based Measurements for Writing
- Curriculum-Based Measurements for Math
- Curriculum-Based Measurements for Social Behaviors