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Ch 35: Assessment Strategies for Teachers

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Review the information in this chapter covering assessment strategies employed by educators. You will see information on the importance of assessments and the necessary components of a quality assessment.

Assessment Strategies for Teachers - Chapter Summary

This chapter examines the significance of assessments for determining the degree to which learning outcomes are being achieved. The chapter's content includes qualities of a good assessment tool, such as standardization and reliability. Conditions for assessment misuse are also explored.

You will review Bloom's Taxonomy as well as direct and indirect methods for assessing prior knowledge. Look at the importance of open and effective communications about assessment expectations. After you study the content within this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain how assessments help teachers
  • Identify and describe four qualities of strong assessments
  • List all levels of Bloom's Taxonomy
  • Discuss at least three uses for standardized assessments
  • Identify direct methods for assessing prior knowledge
  • Explain the importance of students' prior knowledge of test item types

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7 Lessons in Chapter 35: Assessment Strategies for Teachers
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The Importance of Assessment in Education

1. The Importance of Assessment in Education

Assessment is a critical piece of the learning process. This lesson gives an overview of assessment, why it benefits both teachers and students, and the three most common forms of assessment.

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

2. 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.

Use and Misuse of Assessments in the Classroom

3. Use and Misuse of Assessments in the Classroom

Assessments are excellent tools in the classroom. Used properly, they provide invaluable information about student knowledge and progress. However, if misused, assessments can misrepresent the actual knowledge and learning taking place in the classroom. This lesson will discuss the use and misuse of standardized assessments.

The Role of Instructional Objectives in Student Assessments

4. The Role of Instructional Objectives in Student Assessments

In this lesson, we'll define the term 'instructional objectives' and discuss their role in the assessment process. In addition, we'll differentiate between formative and summative assessments.

Bloom's Taxonomy and Assessments

5. Bloom's Taxonomy and Assessments

Bloom's Taxonomy is a popular and extremely helpful tool that is used by most teachers. In this lesson, we'll discuss the original and revised Bloom's Taxonomy as well as how to use it in the classroom to assess learning and cognitive ability.

Methods for Assessing Students' Prior Knowledge & Skills

6. Methods for Assessing Students' Prior Knowledge & Skills

Before beginning instruction, teachers should use different assessments to determine what their students know about a particular topic. This lesson discusses the importance of these assessments and gives examples that are commonly used in the classroom.

Communicating Assessment Expectations to Students

7. Communicating Assessment Expectations to Students

Student assessment preparation should include an explanation of the expected responses, how the scoring will be done, and information on the types of questions that will be asked. Students are better able to prepare when they know what to expect.

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