Ch 5: Literacy Assessments

About This Chapter

Learn about key literary assessment topics by watching the video lessons you can find included in this chapter. Watch these lessons to learn about different types of literary assessments and strategies for bringing them into the classroom.

Literary Assessments - Chapter Summary

Each of the online video lessons included in this chapter will cover a different topic on literary assessments. These lessons are geared towards the use of literary assessments in your classroom, and contain all information, definitions and strategies for using literary assessments effectively.

This chapter can help you better understand some of the major types of literary assessments that you need to know, as well as their defining characteristics and key components. Then, you can explore the best ways to utilize different types of literary assessments in the classroom. Some of the topics you will learn about are:

  • Different forms of literary assessments
  • Reading comprehension assessment techniques
  • The qualities of good assessments
  • The definition and assessment of oral language skills
  • How to select appropriate literary assessments for students

You can take the practice quizzes included in each lesson to see if you accurately recall the main points on each topic. Once you have completed all of the lessons, the final chapter exam will assess your understanding of the main topics from the chapter as a whole. You can also use your personal Dashboard to track your progress as you complete different lessons and chapters.

14 Lessons in Chapter 5: Literacy Assessments
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Forms of Assessment: Informal, Formal, Paper-Pencil & Performance Assessments

1. 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

2. 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.

Assessment Techniques for Reading Comprehension

3. Assessment Techniques for Reading Comprehension

Need to assess your students' reading ability? Not quite sure where to begin? This lesson describes several techniques reading teachers can use to assess students' reading comprehension.

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.

Performance Assessments: Product vs. Process

5. 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.

Oral Language Skills: Definition & Assessment

6. Oral Language Skills: Definition & Assessment

In this lesson, learn what oral language skills are and the components of oral language. We will also cover how you, as an educator, can assess oral language skills.

Selecting Appropriate Literacy Assessments for Students

7. 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.

Summarizing Assessment Results: Understanding Basic Statistics of Score Distribution

8. 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

9. 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.

Standardized Tests in Education: Advantages and Disadvantages

10. 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.

High-Stakes Testing: Accountability and Problems

11. 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.

Testing Bias, Cultural Bias & Language Differences in Assessments

12. 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.

Use and Misuse of Assessments in the Classroom

13. 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.

Special Education and Ecological Assessments

14. Special Education and Ecological Assessments

An ecological assessment is one type of assessment that is used to help students that have special needs. In this lesson, we discuss ecological assessments, what they entail, and how they are used.

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