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Ch 7: Assessment Instruments & Methods in Special Education

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Assessment Instruments & Methods in Special Education - Chapter Summary

Our expert instructors created this chapter to clearly outline the assessment instruments and methods that are used in special education, including different kinds of assessments and types of formative assessments. These user-friendly video and text lessons cover topics such as summative and alternative assessments, student self-assessment and functional behavior assessments. You'll also study the process of collecting and measuring social behavior data in the classroom. Once you've reviewed this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Define behavior rating scales and their development
  • Discuss informal and formal assessments for learning disabilities
  • Outline special education and ecological assessments
  • Explain task analysis and functional routines for students who have autism
  • Provide examples of achievement tests
  • Describe types of intelligence tests
  • Identify the problems associated with high-stakes testing
  • Emphasize the qualities of good assessments

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15 Lessons in Chapter 7: Assessment Instruments & Methods in Special Education
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Forms of Assessment: Informal, Formal, Paper-Pencil & Performance Assessments

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

Educators often need to assess students' learning and achievement. There are multiple forms of assessments that educators use to not only gain knowledge about a student's level of understanding but also to guide the direction of future lessons and course curriculum. This lesson will differentiate between formal and informal assessments and paper-pencil versus performance-based assessments used in educational settings.

Types of Formative Assessment

2. Types of Formative Assessment

Formative assessments are an incredibly important part of the teaching process. This lesson will detail several types of formative assessments that you can use to monitor student learning in your classroom.

Summative Assessments: Examples & Types

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.

Student Self-Assessment & Peer Assessment

4. Student Self-Assessment & Peer Assessment

Student self-assessment and peer assessment are useful tools to help students learn important reflection and critical thinking skills. This lesson will review how self-assessment and peer assessment can be used in your classroom.

Alternative Assessment: Definition & Examples

5. Alternative Assessment: Definition & Examples

Are you looking for a better understanding of what alternative assessment is and how to implement it? This lesson defines the term and provides tangible examples of how to use this powerful methodology in the classroom.

Functional Behavior Assessment: Definition & Examples

6. Functional Behavior Assessment: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn the definition of a functional behavior assessment (FBA) and how it functions as a tool to help children replace problem behaviors with more desirable behaviors. You will learn the purpose of an FBA, as well as the components of or steps in conducting an FBA.

How to Measure & Collect Social Behavior Data in the Classroom

7. How to Measure & Collect Social Behavior Data in the Classroom

In this lesson, we will look at how to collect and measure data of social behaviors in the classroom. We will also identify how to recognize behaviors that should be measured and other factors that warrant attention.

Behavior Rating Scales: Definition, Development & Example

8. Behavior Rating Scales: Definition, Development & Example

In this lesson, you will learn about behavior rating scales, including how to develop them, incorporating target behaviors and anchor points. An example will demonstrate the steps involved in creating a behavior rating scale.

Formal & Informal Assessments for Learning Disabilities

9. Formal & Informal Assessments for Learning Disabilities

Teachers should use both formal and informal assessments to determine interventions for learning disabilities. This lesson will discuss both informal and formal methods of determining academic skill development and identifying students with special needs.

Special Education and Ecological Assessments

10. Special Education and Ecological Assessments

An ecological assessment is one type of assessment that is used to help students that have special needs. In this lesson, we discuss ecological assessments, what they entail, and how they are used.

Functional Routines & Task Analysis for Students with Autism

11. Functional Routines & Task Analysis for Students with Autism

For students with autism, the routines and activities of daily living can be challenging. In this lesson, you will learn about functional routines and task analysis, which can be used to teach students to master these situations.

Achievement Test: Definition & Examples

12. Achievement Test: Definition & Examples

Achievement tests cover a broad range of formal and informal assessments that are given at various points in learning. This lesson looks at various types of achievement tests and their purposes.

Intelligence Testing and Types

13. Intelligence Testing and Types

Most people have heard of IQ. But how is it measured and what does it mean? In this lesson, we'll look at the history of intelligence testing, major types of intelligence tests, and the debate and controversy over intelligence.

High-Stakes Testing: Accountability and Problems

14. High-Stakes Testing: Accountability and Problems

Do high test scores equal high achievement? Many politicians and educational reformers think the answer is yes. High-stakes standardized testing has become commonplace in American schools. This lesson will define high-stakes testing and accountability and present problems associated with these types of tests.

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

15. 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.

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