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GACE Middle Grades Reading: Assessment and Evaluation - Chapter Summary
This chapter outlines the importance of assessments in educational systems, and it looks at some of the alternatives to standardized testing. Before you take the GACE Middle Grade Reading examination, study assessments in their various forms and re-examine the usefulness of different kinds of validity in assessments. Watching the tutorial online lessons in this chapter can help you with:
- Discovering the effects of assessment on the teaching process
- Distinguishing between formal, informal, performance and paper-pencil assessments
- Identifying the advantages and disadvantages of standardized tests
- Discussing portfolio-based assessment, high-stakes testing and project-based learning
- Understanding testing and cultural bias
- Learning more about content, constructive and predictive validity
- Exploring the characteristics of formative and summative assessments
- Describing some of formative the assessments that are used to monitor student progress
- Explaining the cloze procedure
- Outlining the characteristic of good assessments
- Learning more about Bloom's Taxonomy
Educated and experienced instructors deliver this information for your review. Watch the online video lessons so that you can address relevant questions on the GACE Middle Grades Reading examination. The videos are accessible 24/7 via mobile or wired devices. There are video tags to help you navigate the lessons as well as an ask-an-expert feature for submitting your questions. Written transcripts, quizzes and worksheets can be used to optimize the lessons.
GACE Middle Grades Reading: Assessment and Evaluation Chapter Objectives
When you take the GACE Middle Grades Reading examination, you'll be presented with 80 selected-response questions. The maximum time limit for the computer-administered test is 2.5 hours, which allows for the viewing of tutorials and directional screens. The questions in this section are covered within the Assessment and Evaluation subareas; this sub-area makes up 35% of the test. Effectively demonstrate what you learned in this chapter about assessment and evaluation practices as you pursue a reading certification in the state of Georgia.
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.
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.
3. Standardized Tests in Education: Advantages and Disadvantages
Standardized tests are used frequently in educational settings. This lesson will help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of these tests and also explore factors that impact standardized test performance.
4. Alternatives to Standardized Testing
This lesson will highlight alternatives to standardized testing that teachers can use as to assess student achievement in the classroom. A short quiz will follow that will test your knowledge of lesson concepts.
5. High-Stakes Testing: Accountability and Problems
Do high test scores equal high achievement? Many politicians and educational reformers think the answer is yes. High-stakes standardized testing has become commonplace in American schools. This lesson will define high-stakes testing and accountability and present problems associated with these types of tests.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Types of Formative Assessment
Formative assessments are an incredibly important part of the teaching process. This lesson will detail several types of formative assessments that you can use to monitor student learning in your classroom.
10. Using Cloze for Assessment
The cloze procedure is a useful tool for reading assessment. This lesson will detail several ways you can use the procedure to assess your students' reading comprehension and grammar skills.
11. 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.
12. 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.
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