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Assessment & Evaluation of Exceptional Students in Florida - Chapter Summary
Our professional instructors present the evaluation and assessment of exceptional students in Florida in this engaging chapter. Short video lessons cover topics such as different types of formal and informal assessments, as well provide details about the uses of summative assessments and formative assessments. Once finished with this chapter, you should be ready to:
- Discuss the qualities of good assessments
- Outline the advantages and disadvantages of norm- vs. criterion-referenced scoring
- Detail the Florida statewide assessment program for exceptional students
- Summarize and understand assessment results
- Compare test scores to a larger population
- Use data to inform instruction and adapt instruction for gifted students
- Identify student disabilities and recommend services using data
- Keep records and assess student progress
We've made it easy to understand these topics by presenting them in self-paced, mobile-friendly lessons you can access on any computer, tablet or mobile device at any time. Along with each lesson, you'll find a short quiz to assess your knowledge before you move on. These quizzes and the comprehensive chapter test, make handy test prep tools as well.
1. Formal Assessments: Examples & Types
Formal assessments are tests that systematically measure how well a student has mastered learning outcomes. Learn more about formal assessments and test your knowledge with a quiz.
2. Informal Assessments in the Classroom: Examples & Types
In this lesson, we will discuss informal assessments used in the classroom. We will cover what informal assessments are and look at some types and examples, and then you will be asked to take a short quiz to assess your comprehension.
3. Summative Assessments: Examples & Types
Think of state exams, midterms, finals, graded papers, and standardized tests such as the SAT. They all have one thing in common - they are summative assessments! Find out more in this lesson.
4. What is Formative Assessment? - Strategies & Examples
Formative assessment can help teachers plan the most effective instruction. In this lesson, you'll learn what formative assessments are, why they are important, and multiple strategies that you can implement in the classroom.
5. Formative Assessments in Special Education
In this lesson, teachers will learn about using formative assessments in the special education classroom. This lesson also will cover special considerations for students with learning disabilities and provide examples of formative assessments.
6. Qualities of Good Assessments: Standardization, Practicality, Reliability & Validity
Have you ever been in the middle of an assessment and thought, 'This question is unfair!' or 'This exam covers material I have never seen before!' If so, the assessment probably did not possess the qualities that make an assessment effective. This lesson will introduce you to the qualities of good assessments: reliability, standardization, validity, and practicality.
7. Norm- vs. Criterion-Referenced Scoring: Advantages & Disadvantages
Assessment results allow educators to make important decisions about students' knowledge, abilities and future educational potential. There are multiple ways to summarize and interpret assessment results. This lesson will discuss ways to summarize norm-referenced assessments and criterion-referenced assessments.
8. 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.
9. Summarizing Assessment Results: Comparing Test Scores to a Larger Population
Assessment results can yield valuable information about the individual test-taker and the larger population of test-takers. This lesson will describe how to compare test scores to a larger population by explaining standard score, stanines, z-score, percentile rank and cumulative percentage.
10. Using Data to Inform Instruction
This lesson highlights how data is used to improve student achievement through instruction, assessment, analysis, and re-teaching. A short quiz will follow to test your knowledge.
11. Using Data to Adapt Instruction for Gifted Students
In this lesson, you will learn how to use a variety of data sources, such as pre-assessments, learning inventories, standardized test results, and performance evaluations to adapt instruction effectively for your gifted students.
12. Record Keeping & Assessing Student Progress
In this lesson, we will discuss the teacher assistant's role in keeping records of student learning patterns in ways that help the classroom teacher target learning activities.
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- Transition Services & Planning
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