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MTEL Foundations of Reading: Assessment Strategies - Chapter Summary
One of the four subareas on the MTEL Foundations of Reading test will gauge your knowledge concerning instruction techniques and the proper administration of classroom assessments. This chapter takes the topic of assessments and breaks it down into several lessons that discuss the purposes and uses for assessments, how assessments are misused in the classroom, and assessment considerations for special education needs. Additional topics you will go over include:
- Traditional types of assessment and the measures of validity
- Formative and standardized assessments compared to evaluations
- Characteristics of good assessments
- Uses for performance assessments
- The Cloze Procedure and Bloom's taxonomy
- Assessing language skills and fluency
- Print awareness and assessment strategies
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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 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.
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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Effective Techniques for Vocabulary Assessment
In this lesson, we will examine various types of vocabulary assessments and discuss how teachers select words to be taught and assessed based on intended outcomes.
10. 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.
11. Techniques for Assessing Student Fluency
Fluency is an important component of reading, and to teach it properly, we need to know how to assess it. This lesson gives you strategies for assessing the components of fluency.
12. Assessment Techniques for Print Awareness
To learn handwriting and literacy a student must have a grasp on print concepts. In this lesson, we will go over successful techniques that gauge whether or not a student has print awareness.
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.
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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Other chapters within the MTEL Foundations of Reading (90): Study Guide & Prep course
- MTEL Foundations of Reading: Phonological & Phonemic Awareness
- MTEL Foundations of Reading: Oral Language Development
- MTEL Foundations of Reading: Alphabetic Principle
- MTEL Foundations of Reading: Print Awareness
- MTEL Foundations of Reading: Comprehension & Fluency
- MTEL Foundations of Reading: Word Analysis
- MTEL Foundations of Reading: Vocabulary Development
- MTEL Foundations of Reading: Literary Analysis
- MTEL Foundations of Reading: Literary Genres
- MTEL Foundations of Reading: Fiction
- MTEL Foundations of Reading: Nonfiction
- MTEL Foundations of Reading: Drama
- MTEL Foundations of Reading: Poetry
- MTEL Foundations of Reading: Literary Devices
- MTEL Foundations of Reading: Expository Text
- MTEL Foundations of Reading: Emergent Literacy
- MTEL Foundations of Reading: Teaching Strategies
- MTEL Foundations of Reading: Literacy-Rich Environments
- MTEL Foundations of Reading Flashcards