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Ch 28: GACE Middle Grades ELA: Assessments

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Let us help you review what you need to know about assessments for the GACE Middle Grades ELA exam. Our video lessons and self-assessment quizzes give you several ways of approaching the material so that you are ready to correctly answer the questions on the test.

GACE Middle Grades ELA: Assessments - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons found in this chapter as part of your review of what you already learned about assessments in preparation for the GACE Middle Grades ELA exam. The videos cover all the important elements you need to be on top of for the test, including:

  • Importance of assessment in education
  • Forms of assessment
  • Standardized assessments; formative and summative assessments
  • Qualities of good assessment instruments
  • Content, construct and predictive validity
  • Reliability in assessments
  • Performance assessments

The video lessons have a short average length of only about eight minutes, and they can be viewed on any Internet-enabled mobile device. Video tags allow you to quickly and easily track down any segments you want to see again.

8 Lessons in Chapter 28: GACE Middle Grades ELA: 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.

Forms of Assessment: Informal, Formal, Paper-Pencil & Performance Assessments

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.

Standardized Assessments & Formative vs. Summative Evaluations

3. 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.

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

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.

Validity in Assessments: Content, Construct & Predictive Validity

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.

The Reliability Coefficient and the Reliability of Assessments

6. The Reliability Coefficient and the Reliability of Assessments

How are test scores affected by day-to-day changes of a student? Do different people rate students' performances the same? These questions are addressed through the understanding of reliability. This lesson will define reliability, explain how reliability is measured, and explore methods to enhance reliability of assessments in the classroom.

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.

Assessing Student Skills in Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening

8. Assessing Student Skills in Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening

Reading, writing, speaking and listening are the major areas of study for all standard English language arts curricula. So how do you assess those skills? Read this lesson to find out.

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