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GACE English: Analysis & Evaluation Strategies - Chapter Summary
Use the lessons in this chapter to refresh your knowledge about evaluation strategies and the qualities of good assessments to prepare for related questions on the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) English test. Follow along with our professional instructors in the short, engaging and mobilecdevice-friendly lesson videos to improve your understanding of:
- Uses and misuses of assessments
- Methods of assessing prior knowledge and skills
- Communicating assessment expectations
- Qualities of good assessments
- Blooms Taxonomy
- Types of assessments
- Use of informal observation and interviews in assessments
- Rubrics for literacy instruction
After you've completed these lessons, take the quizzes to discover topics you didn't master and then use the video tags return to the locations of the lessons that discussed these areas of weakness to fortify your mastery over them. Alternatively you can try reading over the lesson transcripts that present the same material in written overviews.
GACE English: Analysis & Evaluation Strategies Chapter Objectives
Future English teachers in the state of Georgia take the GACE English test to show their competency teaching English. This computer-based certification exam involves completing two tests, each made up of 65 multiple-choice questions and two constructed-response questions. Test takers may take these tests together in one five-hours testing session or separately in two 2.5-hours testing sessions.
Twenty-five percent of the first test is composed of constructed-responses questions about analyzing literary elements of literature and student work and 25% of the second test is composed of constructed-response questions about analyzing central ideals and rhetorical features as well as students work. This chapter will help you prepare for the questions about analyzing students work by reviewing analysis and evaluation strategies.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
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Other chapters within the GACE English (520): Practice & Study Guide course
- GACE English: Reading Strategies
- GACE English: Reading for Information
- GACE English: Elements & Language of Literature
- GACE English: Grammar & Language Use
- GACE English: Vocabulary & Language Development
- GACE English: Meaning of Words
- GACE English: Literature Types, Terms & Theory
- GACE English: Context in Literary Works
- GACE English: Literary Genres
- GACE English: Medieval & Middle English Literature
- GACE English: Renaissance Literature
- GACE English: 17th & 18th Century English Literature
- GACE English: Romantic Prose in English Literature
- GACE English: Romantic Poetry in English Literature
- GACE English: Victorian Literature
- GACE English: Ancient & Modern World Literature
- GACE English: Native & Colonial American Literature
- GACE English: Romantic American Literature
- GACE English: Dark Romanticism
- GACE English: American Transcendentalism
- GACE English: Realism in American Literature
- GACE English: Modernism in American Literature
- GACE English: Harlem Renaissance Literature
- GACE English: Contemporary American Literature
- GACE English: Young Adult Literature
- GACE English: Writing Forms & Structure
- GACE English: Writing & Editing Skills
- GACE English: Researching & Citing Sources
- GACE English: Communication & Speech
- GACE English: Digital Support & Communication
- GACE English: Instructional Strategies
- GACE English Flashcards