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Assessment Strategies - Chapter Summary
A great way for educators to gauge the progress of their students is through the use of assessments. This chapter closely examines various types of assessment along with strategies educators can use to ensure their students are progressing according to expectation. Each lesson covers a different topic, enabling you to review this subject at a comfortable pace. Once you've completed this chapter, you will be able to:
- Detail the evolution of assessments in education, and identify different forms of assessment
- Define standardized assessments, and differentiate between formative and summative evaluations
- Differentiate between product and process performance assessments
- Share details about special education, ecological and student portfolio assessments
- Discuss the use of case studies to assess student learning and strategies for using informal observations in assessment
- Understand how to assess student learning with presentations and communicate assessment expectations to students
- Describe how assessments can be both used and misused in the classroom
Tailor the resources in this chapter to your unique study needs and habits. View one, two or any number of lessons in any sequence you desire. Revisit them as often as needed to feel confident in your understanding of the assessment strategies covered in this chapter. Expand your knowledge on these concepts by submitting questions to our experts using the Dashboard. Assess that knowledge by taking multiple-choice lesson quizzes and a comprehensive chapter exam.
1. The Evolution of Assessments in Education
This lesson will trace the evolution of American educational assessment from colonial times to the present. It will highlight the role of standardized testing as well as several pieces of legislation.
2. 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.
3. Standardized Assessments & Formative vs. Summative Evaluations
If you have ever attended a public school or college you have been subjected to a form of standardized assessment. These assessments serve multiple purposes and provide valuable information regarding one's abilities, understanding and potential. This lesson will introduce you to the types of standardized assessments commonly used in schools and discuss two other types of assessments: formative and summative.
4. Performance Assessments: Product vs. Process
Playing a musical instrument, creating a spreadsheet and performing in a play are all activities that many of us engage in on a regular basis. These activities are also examples of ways teachers assess a student's mastery of a subject in educational settings. This lesson will define performance-based assessments and discuss the various uses of performance assessments in the classroom.
5. 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.
6. Student Portfolio Assessment: Strengths & Limitations
Educators strive to use various types of authentic assessments with their students. One type of assessment is the portfolio, and this lesson describes what a portfolio is, what goes in it, and how to manage and evaluate them in a classroom.
7. Using Case Studies to Assess Student Learning
In this lesson we focus on what a case study is, how they can be used in a classroom setting, and the characteristics of a situation or issue which can make it a good case study.
8. Strategies for Using Informal Observations in Assessment
Informal observational assessments require watching, listening, and documenting student performance-based tasks. Strategies for this type of assessment range from intentional activities to incidental chance observations.
9. How to Assess Student Learning with Presentations
Teachers use differing methods to accurately assess student understanding. This lesson explains what presentations in the classroom are, provides strengths and weaknesses of this method, and explains how they can be used to assess student learning.
10. 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.
11. 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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