# Ch 39: FTCE Middle Grades Math: Assessing Student Learning

### About This Chapter

## FTCE Middle Grades Math: Assessing Student Learning - Chapter Summary

Check out the best practices for assessing student learning with this chapter. You'll review topics such as Bloom's taxonomy and how it applies to assessment, using technology to organize assessment data, as well as types of alternative assessments. You can access the video lessons to prepare yourself to answer FTCE Middle Grades math exam questions that ask you to:

- Identify and explain forms of assessment, such as informal, formal and performance
- Explain what makes an assessment valid and reliable
- Explore cultural and language testing biases
- Discuss the use, benefits and misuse of classroom assessments
- Relate the benefits of using assessment data to drive instruction
- Review methods for assessing student's prior knowledge and skills
- Define ongoing assessment, formative assessment, and summative assessment
- Detail the creation of math assessments

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 quiz offered with every lesson.

### 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.

### 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.

### 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.

### 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.

### 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.

### 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.

### 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.

### 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.

### 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.

### 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.

### 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.

### 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.

### 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.

### 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.

### 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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### Other Chapters

Other chapters within the FTCE Middle Grades Mathematics 5-9 (025): Practice & Study Guide course

- About the FTCE Middle Grades Mathematics Test
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Mathematical Reasoning
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Problem-Solving Strategies
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: The Real Number System
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Fractions, Decimals & Percents
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Ratios & Proportions
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Factoring
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Solving Word Problems
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Exponents & Exponential Expressions
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Basic Algebraic Expressions
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Distributing in Algebra
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Rational Expressions
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Square Roots
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Radical Expressions
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Linear Equations
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Systems of Linear Equations
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Solving & Graphing Inequalities
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Introduction to Functions
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Graphing Functions
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Quadratic Functions
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Polynomial Functions
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Summarizing Data
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Charting Data
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Sampling
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Probability Distributions
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Lines & Angles
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Properties of Triangles
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Similar & Congruent Triangle Proofs
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Right Triangle Proofs
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Quadrilaterals & Polygons
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Area & Perimeter
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Circles & Arc of a Circle
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Coordinate Geometry
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Transformations in Geometry
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Principles of Measurement
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Surface Area & Volume
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Connecting Math Concepts
- FTCE Middle Grades Math: Instructional Strategies & Tools
- FTCE Middle Grades Mathematics 5-9 Flashcards