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Ch 14: Language Arts Assessments in Early Childhood

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This chapter reviews the key concepts of different language arts assessments that are used in early childhood. You can use the lessons and quizzes within this chapter to increase your understanding of topics including different types of assessments and how to select appropriate assessments.

Language Arts Assessments in Early Childhood - Chapter Summary

You'll get to reinforce your understanding or learn new information about language arts assessments by working through the lessons contained in this chapter. Once you have completed this chapter, you should be able to answer questions about:

  • Basics behind early literacy screening
  • Importance of choosing the right assessment
  • Difference between formal and informal assessments
  • Methods of analyzing accuracy, rate and prosody
  • The Informal Reading Inventory
  • How the Cloze procedure increases reading skills
  • How to use literacy assessments
  • Ways to determine a student's reading level and ability

Each lesson is short, engaging and takes less than ten minutes to complete. Test your understanding of these concepts with the short self-assessment quizzes that accompany each lesson. If you are experiencing difficulty understanding certain topics, you can reach out to our instructors via your personal dashboard.

8 Lessons in Chapter 14: Language Arts Assessments in Early Childhood
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Purpose of Early Literacy Assessments in Young Children

1. Purpose of Early Literacy Assessments in Young Children

Assessing young children as they learn to read is important for many reasons. This lesson outlines some of these and gives insight into the nuances of early literacy screening.

Selecting Appropriate Literacy Assessments for Students

2. Selecting Appropriate Literacy Assessments for Students

Assessment is a crucial aspect of literacy instruction, but choosing the right assessment makes all the difference. This lesson will cover how to select appropriate assessments for students.

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

3. 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.

Measuring Students' Accuracy, Rate & Prosody Levels Through Assessments

4. Measuring Students' Accuracy, Rate & Prosody Levels Through Assessments

Measuring a student's reading requires a close look at several components, such as accuracy, rate, and prosody. What are these things, and how are they assessed? This lesson outlines ways to select or design an assessment that measures these components of reading.

Using the Informal Reading Inventory

5. Using the Informal Reading Inventory

The Informal Reading Inventory is a method used to assess individual student reading levels. This assessment should be performed multiple times a year.

Using Cloze for Assessment

6. 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.

Determining Students' Literacy Levels Through Screening Assessments

7. Determining Students' Literacy Levels Through Screening Assessments

Teachers use literacy assessments to determine specific student needs and focus instruction. This lesson describes the kinds of assessments used for important literacy skills.

Methods for Determining Students' Reading Level

8. Methods for Determining Students' Reading Level

Assessment is essential. All students are at different reading levels and abilities. Watch this video lesson to learn ways to assess the reading level of your students.

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