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Ch 39: FTCE Middle Grades Math: Assessing Student Learning

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Get ahead of the game by reviewing how the FTCE Middle Grades Math exam will test you on student learning assessment. This chapter helps you go over types of assessments and how they should be used.

FTCE Middle Grades Math: Assessing Student Learning - Chapter Summary

Check out the best practices for assessing student learning with this chapter. You can access the video lessons to prepare yourself to answer FTCE Middle Grades math exam questions that deal with:

  • Forms of assessment
  • What makes an assessment valid and reliable
  • Advantages and disadvantages of standardized testing
  • Alternative testing methods
  • Understanding the results of assessments
  • Standard deviation, bell curves, mean, median and mode
  • Problems with high-stakes testing
  • Effects of testing bias and misuse of assessments
  • Technology in the classroom

Go over different types of assessments and their uses in easy-to-digest chunks with our brief lessons. Make sure you understand each topic by completing the quizzes offered with every lesson.

15 Lessons in Chapter 39: FTCE Middle Grades Math: Assessing Student Learning
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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.

What is Ongoing Assessment? - Definition & Examples

2. What is Ongoing Assessment? - Definition & Examples

Assessment is an essential component to any instructional practice. Teachers need to use ongoing assessment to check learner progress. How does this work, and how do teachers design ongoing assessments? Read on for details.

What is Formative Assessment? - Strategies & Examples

3. 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

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

Validity in Assessments: Content, Construct & Predictive Validity

6. Validity in Assessments: Content, Construct & Predictive Validity

Ensuring that an assessment measures what it is intended to measure is a critical component in education. Assessment results are used to predict future achievement and current knowledge. This lesson will define the term validity and differentiate between content, construct, and predictive validity.

Performance Assessments: Product vs. Process

7. 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.

Testing Bias, Cultural Bias & Language Differences in Assessments

8. Testing Bias, Cultural Bias & Language Differences in Assessments

Assessments are used to gain useful information about test-takers' knowledge, skills and progress. Sometimes, however, the results of these assessments are incorrect due to biases. This lesson will differentiate and discuss types of testing bias and differences among test-takers that may lead to testing bias.

Use and Misuse of Assessments in the Classroom

9. 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.

Bloom's Taxonomy and Assessments

10. 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.

Benefits of Using Assessment Data to Drive Instruction

11. Benefits of Using Assessment Data to Drive Instruction

Assessments are powerful tools that can give you precise data about student learning. Using that data to drive instruction is incredibly important for effective teaching. This lesson will detail some benefits of using data to drive instruction.

Using Technology to Organize Educational Assessment Data

12. Using Technology to Organize Educational Assessment Data

Analyzing student work can be a cumbersome task for teachers to do on a regular basis when faced with pencil and paper assessments. Technology, however, can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of collecting and analyzing student data.

Alternative Assessment: Definition & Examples

13. 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.

Methods for Assessing Students' Prior Knowledge & Skills

14. 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.

Developing Mathematical Assessments for the Classroom

15. Developing Mathematical Assessments for the Classroom

Assessments are an essential part of the teaching process. In this lesson, you'll learn how to develop mathematical assessments for the classroom. You'll also explore major types of assessments that can test your students' understanding.

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