Ch 34: Elementary Education Assessments

About This Chapter

For an overview of elementary education assessments, complete this series of bite-sized lessons and quizzes. The chapter can help current and prospective elementary school teachers who need to prepare for exams or refresh their understanding of effective assessment methods.

Elementary Education Assessments - Chapter Summary

Work through this convenient study guide chapter to review the components of elementary education assessments. The chapter, which consists of short and expertly taught lessons, outlines the elements and benefits of several elementary-level assessments, such as formative, summative and portfolio assessments. You can also expect to review the purposes of Bloom's Taxonomy, as well as a variety of effective student assessment strategies. When you're finished with the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain why assessment is an important element of education
  • Utilize formative assessment strategies
  • Compare types of summative assessments
  • Assess the strengths and limitations of student portfolio assessment
  • Apply strategies for checking for understanding in classroom settings
  • Understand the practical applications of Bloom's Taxonomy

To help you reinforce your understanding of these elementary education assessment topics, we've included short quizzes throughout the chapter. You'll be able to submit questions to our instructors if you need clarification on a lesson topic. Print the lesson transcripts if you want to study offline, or use your computer or mobile device to review these lessons.

12 Lessons in Chapter 34: Elementary Education Assessments
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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.

What is Formative Assessment? - Strategies & Examples

2. 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.

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 Portfolio Assessment: Strengths & Limitations

4. 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.

How to Check for Understanding in the Classroom: Strategies

5. How to Check for Understanding in the Classroom: Strategies

Checking for understanding is an important part of teaching that helps you determine whether your students are learning what they need to. This lesson will detail some strategies you can use to check for understanding in your classroom.

Bloom's Taxonomy and Assessments

6. 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.

Summative Assessment Ideas

7. Summative Assessment Ideas

Summative assessments are ways to assess comprehension of a topic at the end of unit, project or course. This lesson discusses common summative assessment options and provides unique ideas as well.

How to Write a Formative Assessment

8. How to Write a Formative Assessment

Teachers learn how to support their students through regularly administered formative assessments. In this lesson, we will learn how to write and use formative assessments to inform instruction.

Math Formative Assessment Ideas

9. Math Formative Assessment Ideas

Because math lends itself to summative assessment, it can be difficult to conduct formative assessment. This lesson offers some math formative assessment ideas for all ages.

Formative Assessment Ideas for Science

10. Formative Assessment Ideas for Science

Formative assessments are a type of assessment that teachers use to gauge their students understanding. These assessments often help to inform instruction. In this lesson, we'll explore formative assessment ideas for science.

Formative Assessment Ideas for Reading

11. Formative Assessment Ideas for Reading

Casual assessment is imperative to keep track of student progress through the year. This lesson offers ideas for formative reading assessment activities.

Formative Assessment Ideas for Social Studies

12. Formative Assessment Ideas for Social Studies

Formative assessment is used to determine how students are doing during a specific subject, to assure that you can move forward with little to no confusion. This lesson provides some unique ways to perform formative assessments.

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