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Evaluation & Assessments in Education - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
As an education instructor, one of your key responsibilities is evaluating and assessing the progress of your students. This chapter explores the strategies you can use to make the process flow smoothly. We take a closer look at best practices for conducting informal observations along with ways to assess students through the use of interviews. We also explore the value in using rubrics in literacy instruction and the steps you can take to provide effective feedback to students when examining their writing samples.
To ensure you understand the materials in each lesson, we have provided access to short lesson quizzes. You can also ask an instructor any questions you may have. This chapter should help you understand the following:
- Best strategies for using informal observations
- How to read miscue analysis
- The ways assessment and learning styles relate to one another
- What informal reading inventory means
- How to use interest inventories
|Strategies for Using Informal Observations in Assessment||Analyze the strategies you can use when conducting, recording and using informal observations in assessment.|
|Understanding Miscue Analysis & Running Record||Examine how to read miscue analysis and learn how to use it to make further decisions.|
|Using the Informal Reading Inventory||Learn the definition of informal reading inventory (IRI) and explore the steps of implementation.|
|Using Interviews, Learning Styles & Interest Inventories for Assessment Purposes||Explore how to use interviews and interest inventories when assessing students and also learn the connections between assessment and learning styles.|
|How to Use Rubrics for Literacy Instruction||Discover how to use rubrics in literacy instruction.|
|Providing Effective Feedback on Writing Samples||Study the steps you can use to provide effective feedback on writing samples.|
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.
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. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Understanding Miscue Analysis & Running Record
Miscue analysis and running records are two similar reading assessments. While they are similar in style, they differ in implementation and use. This lesson reviews their similarities and differences.
7. Using the Informal Reading Inventory
The Informal Reading Inventory is a method used to assess individual student reading levels. This assessment should be performed multiple times a year.
8. Using Interviews, Learning Styles & Interest Inventories for Assessment Purposes
Learning styles vary from person to person. One reliable way to determine one's learning style is through the use of interest inventory tools. This lesson covers the types of learning styles and how to use interviews in assessing students with varying approaches to learning.
9. 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.
10. How to Use Rubrics for Literacy Instruction
Rubrics are tools showing standards expected for assignments. This lesson will explain rubrics and describe how teachers can use rubrics to improve literacy instruction.
11. Standardized Tests in Education: Advantages and Disadvantages
Standardized tests are used frequently in educational settings. This lesson will help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of these tests and also explore factors that impact standardized test performance.
12. Providing Effective Feedback on Writing Samples
Providing effective feedback on writing samples is imperative for student improvement in the learning process. Effective feedback actually begins before a writing starts and continues after the student has submitted the assignment.
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Other chapters within the Education 102: Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School course
- Learning Processes & Theories
- Instructional Approaches
- Language Acquisition in the Classroom
- Beyond Oral Language Acquisition
- How Language & Culture Interact in the Classroom
- Strategies for Teaching Reading
- Identifying & Understanding Words
- Constructing Meaning
- Vocabulary Development
- Writing Development
- Approaches to Literacy Instruction
- Classroom Management for Literacy Instruction
- Selecting Resources for Literacy Instruction
- Responding to Student Needs
- Collaborations Outside of School