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Ch 9: Interpreting & Communicating Educational Assessment Results

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Gain greater insight into the basics of interpreting and communicating educational assessment results using our engaging lessons, multiple-choice quizzes and practice exam. These study resources are available in a secure online setting and make the process of preparing for a test fun and simple.

Interpreting & Communicating Educational Assessment Results - Chapter Summary

This self-paced chapter ensures that you understand how to interpret and communicate educational assessment results. Brush up on your knowledge of ways to use standard deviation and bell curves for assessment, communicate assessment expectations to students, report learning progress to students and parents and more. After completing the lessons, you will be ready to do the following:

  • Explain why it's important to understand the basic statistics of score distribution when summarizing assessment results
  • Summarize assessment results by comparing test scores to the scores of a larger population
  • Differentiate between norm- and criterion-referenced scoring and list their advantages and disadvantages
  • Discuss the basics of using mean, median and mode for assessment
  • Share strategies for assessing data on student learning in cognitive and affective domains
  • Describe how technology can be used to organize educational assessment data
  • List plans and strategies for student academic and behavioral intervention
  • Outline strategies for sharing assessment data with students and stakeholders

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11 Lessons in Chapter 9: Interpreting & Communicating Educational Assessment Results
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Summarizing Assessment Results: Understanding Basic Statistics of Score Distribution

1. Summarizing Assessment Results: Understanding Basic Statistics of Score Distribution

Summarizing test results is a critical component of the assessment process. In order for results to be used effectively, they must be summarized in a way that allows educators to compare the achievement of one student to others. This lesson will describe the first step in summarizing results: understanding the basic statistics of score distribution.

Summarizing Assessment Results: Comparing Test Scores to a Larger Population

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

Assessing Data on Student Learning in Cognitive & Affective Domains

6. Assessing Data on Student Learning in Cognitive & Affective Domains

Within each of Dr. Bloom's learning domains, levels of performance have been established. In this lesson, we will learn more about the cognitive and affective domains of learning and discuss assessments that can be used for each.

Using Technology to Organize Educational Assessment Data

7. 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.

Communicating Assessment Expectations to Students

8. 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.

Student Intervention Plan and Strategies

9. Student Intervention Plan and Strategies

This lesson will highlight various academic and behavioral intervention plans that you can use for students who are in need of academic or behavior support in the classroom. A short quiz will follow to test your knowledge.

Sharing Assessment Data with Students & Stakeholders

10. Sharing Assessment Data with Students & Stakeholders

In this lesson, we will discuss some of the misunderstandings stakeholders have about testing and score reports to identify ways that teachers can prepare to communicate outcomes of student assessments with students, parents, and colleagues.

How to Report Learning Progress to Students & Parents

11. How to Report Learning Progress to Students & Parents

This lesson describes how to communicate learning progress. It specifically focuses on the tools of summative documentation, formative communication, and standardized documentation.

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