Ch 25: Assessing English Language Arts & Reading

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Feel confident in your knowledge of ways to assess English language arts and reading by studying this chapter's short lessons. If you're preparing for a test, take our mini quizzes and a practice exam to check your overall comprehension and readiness to excel.

Assessing English Language Arts & Reading - Chapter Summary

In this chapter you'll find entertaining lessons you can study at your own pace to ensure you fully comprehend how to assess English language arts and reading. Our expert instructors offer in-depth analyses of oral language skills, forms of assessment, qualities of good assessments, the use of cloze for assessment and more. By completing this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Define standardized assessments and compare formative and summative evaluations
  • Utilize assessment techniques for student fluency, reading comprehension and vocabulary
  • Explain how technology can be used to assess reading literacy
  • List and discuss methods for assessing student writing
  • Describe the process of selecting writing development assessments for students
  • Discuss cultural bias, testing bias and language differences in assessments
  • Detail the use and misuse of assessments in the classroom
  • Summarize assessment results through score distribution and comparing test scores

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15 Lessons in Chapter 25: Assessing English Language Arts & Reading
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Forms of Assessment: Informal, Formal, Paper-Pencil & Performance Assessments

1. Forms of Assessment: Informal, Formal, Paper-Pencil & Performance Assessments

In educational settings, an assessment refers to the process of evaluating, measuring and documenting students' knowledge, skills or behavior. Discover the benefits of both informal and formal assessments, and when to use performance-based or pencil-based assessment methods.

Standardized Assessments & Formative vs. Summative Evaluations

2. Standardized Assessments & Formative vs. Summative Evaluations

Standardized assessments serve multiple purposes and provide valuable information regarding students' abilities, understanding, and potential. Learn about types of standardized assessments used in schools and explore formative and summative evaluations.

Techniques for Assessing Student Fluency

3. Techniques for Assessing Student Fluency

Fluency is an important component of reading, and to teach it properly, we need to know how to assess it. This lesson gives you strategies for assessing the components of fluency.

Assessment Techniques for Reading Comprehension

4. Assessment Techniques for Reading Comprehension

Different assessment techniques can be used to gauge the progression of students in performance with reading comprehension and the level of skill attained. Learn about the different kinds of techniques, their definitions, functions, and application.

Effective Techniques for Vocabulary Assessment

5. Effective Techniques for Vocabulary Assessment

In this lesson, we will examine various types of vocabulary assessments and discuss how teachers select words to be taught and assessed based on intended outcomes.

Using Cloze for Assessment

6. Using Cloze for Assessment

Using the cloze procedure in assessments can help teachers determine their students' knowledge and reading comprehension. Learn more about the cloze procedure, including how it can assess vocabulary, grammar skills, and reading comprehension.

Using Technology to Assess Reading Literacy

7. Using Technology to Assess Reading Literacy

Using technology to assess literacy skills is just a smart move. It gives teachers data on a student's current level of performance and details for future instruction. Read on to learn about technology's role in assessment and how is it used.

Assessing Student Writing: Examples, Tools & Methods

8. Assessing Student Writing: Examples, Tools & Methods

Teachers can help students develop and grow as writers by properly evaluating their writing and providing helpful feedback. Discover tools and methods for evaluating student work, learn how to prepare an assignment, and explore some examples of how to use a rubric, leave feedback, stay positive, and discuss concerns with students.

Selecting Writing Development Assessments for Students

9. Selecting Writing Development Assessments for Students

Teachers need to use assessments in order to design writing instruction to meet all students' needs. This lesson describes writing assessments and shows how to design a writing assessment for students of all grade and ability levels.

Oral Language Skills: Definition & Assessment

10. Oral Language Skills: Definition & Assessment

Oral language skills are the ability of a person to communicate using verbal cues and how they use their speech. Learn about what makes up oral language skills and different ways to assess them.

Testing Bias, Cultural Bias & Language Differences in Assessments

11. Testing Bias, Cultural Bias & Language Differences in Assessments

When an assessment clearly penalizes a certain group of students with specific characteristics, in contrast to other groups of students, it could be because of a testing bias. Learn about different types of testing biases, what is considered a cultural bias, and the role of language and test-taker differences in assessments.

Use and Misuse of Assessments in the Classroom

12. Use and Misuse of Assessments in the Classroom

When used appropriately, assessments are excellent tools in the classroom to provide invaluable information about student knowledge and progress. Explore what standardized assessments are and learn about the use and misuse of standardized assessments in educational settings.

Qualities of Good Assessments: Standardization, Practicality, Reliability & Validity

13. Qualities of Good Assessments: Standardization, Practicality, Reliability & Validity

A quality assessment in education consists of four elements - reliability, standardization, validity and practicality. Learn about why these four elements are vital and how to implement them into assessments.

Summarizing Assessment Results: Understanding Basic Statistics of Score Distribution

14. Summarizing Assessment Results: Understanding Basic Statistics of Score Distribution

Summarizing assessment results is an important step in the assessment process. Learn the significance of summarizing assessment results and how basic statistics and score distribution can be utilized to summarize results.

Summarizing Assessment Results: Comparing Test Scores to a Larger Population

15. Summarizing Assessment Results: Comparing Test Scores to a Larger Population

Values like standardized scores and percentile ranks can help contextualize the test scores of individuals within larger groups. Explore the intricacies of summarizing assessment results and how to compare test scores to a larger population.

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