Ch 5: GACE Middle Grades Reading: Assessment Data & Standardized Testing

About This Chapter

Learn more about assessment data and standardized testing through this chapter. Watch its topical video lessons before you sit for the GACE Middle Grades Reading examination for teacher certification in Georgia.

GACE Middle Grades Reading: Assessment Data and Standardized Testing - Chapter Summary

This chapter will provide tips on summarizing student assessment results and permit you to further examine the pros and cons of the standardized testing process. Revisit the use of bell curves and standard deviation for assessments as well as the use of data to enhance students' performances. Before taking the GACE Middle Grades Reading examination, watch the video lessons in order to:

  • Understand the statistics of score distribution
  • Analyze classroom assessment techniques
  • Detail the advantages and disadvantages of norm- and criterion-referenced scoring
  • Explain the use of median, mean and mode classroom assessments
  • Discuss the use of data to drive instruction
  • Understand the misuse of a standardized assessment
  • Learn more about the reliability coefficient
  • Assist your students in preparing for standardized tests
  • Determine how students are affected by standardized testing
  • Explain teacher accountability
  • Prepare for parent-teacher conferences

Study these online video lessons with the guidance of expert instructors via your mobile device or desktop computer. As you watch, you can use the video tags to move from one topic to the next. You may also submit your questions about assessment data and standardized testing. Take the short quizzes that follow the lessons and, if you like, print out your quiz results and corresponding worksheets for further study. This process could prepare you for some questions on the GACE Middle Grades Reading examination.

GACE Middle Grades Reading - Assessment Data and Standardized Testing Objectives

The computer-delivered GACE Middle Grades Reading examination consists of 80 selected-response questions. The examination takes between two hours and 2.5 hours to complete, depending on the viewing of tutorials and directional screens. There are three sections to be completed on the examination. The Curriculum and Instruction sub-area is worth 35% of the examination, the Assessment and Evaluation sub-area amounts to 35% and Diversity and Literate Environment is equal to 30% of the overall examination. The content of this chapter can help you prepare for questions in the Assessment and Evaluation sub-area.

11 Lessons in Chapter 5: GACE Middle Grades Reading: Assessment Data & Standardized Testing
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Summarizing Assessment Results: Comparing Test Scores to a Larger Population

1. Summarizing Assessment Results: Comparing Test Scores to a Larger Population

Assessment results can yield valuable information about the individual test-taker and the larger population of test-takers. This lesson will describe how to compare test scores to a larger population by explaining standard score, stanines, z-score, percentile rank and cumulative percentage.

Using Standard Deviation and Bell Curves for Assessment

2. Using Standard Deviation and Bell Curves for Assessment

When a teacher gives an exam in class, how does she decide if the test scores were good or bad? This lesson focuses on classroom assessment, specifically how to analyze the variability of scores within a given group of students. We'll discuss both standard deviation and bell curves.

Norm- vs. Criterion-Referenced Scoring: Advantages & Disadvantages

3. Norm- vs. Criterion-Referenced Scoring: Advantages & Disadvantages

Assessment results allow educators to make important decisions about students' knowledge, abilities and future educational potential. There are multiple ways to summarize and interpret assessment results. This lesson will discuss ways to summarize norm-referenced assessments and criterion-referenced assessments.

Using Mean, Median, and Mode for Assessment

4. Using Mean, Median, and Mode for Assessment

How does a teacher decide what is a good exam score and what is a bad one? This lesson focuses on classroom assessment, but instead of different types of assessment (such as essay versus true/false questions), we'll discuss statistical methods for summarizing scores on any form of testing. Specifically, this lesson covers the statistical tools known as the mean, median and mode.

Using Data to Inform Instruction

5. Using Data to Inform Instruction

This lesson highlights how data is used to improve student achievement through instruction, assessment, analysis, and re-teaching. A short quiz will follow to test your knowledge.

Use and Misuse of Assessments in the Classroom

6. 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.

The Reliability Coefficient and the Reliability of Assessments

7. 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.

Preparing Students for Standardized Tests

8. Preparing Students for Standardized Tests

Standardized testing has become a common practice in every classroom. This lesson will provide several tips and strategies to help you prepare your students to take these often stressful tests.

The Effects of Standardized Testing on Students

9. The Effects of Standardized Testing on Students

Standardized testing is everywhere in education these days. It's important for teachers to understand how these tests work and particularly the effects of standardized tests on the students taking them!

Accountability & Standardized Testing in Education in the 21st Century

10. Accountability & Standardized Testing in Education in the 21st Century

What's the deal with assessments and No Child Left Behind? In this lesson, we'll examine statewide standardized assessments, teacher accountability, and the No Child Left Behind Act, including what critics say about them.

Parent Teacher Conference Tips

11. Parent Teacher Conference Tips

'It takes a village to raise a child.' Although many know this to be an old African proverb, research has shown that student achievement increases when parents and teachers work together. This lesson will explore the importance of the parent-teacher conference when it comes to student success.

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