Ch 22: MTEL Reading Specialist: Assessment Strategies

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This chapter on assessment strategies is a great addition for those seeking help studying for the MTEL Reading Specialist exam, with video lessons taught by professional instructors making sure your knowledge on the subject is free of any holes going into the test.

MTEL Reading Specialist: Assessment Strategies - Chapter Summary

This chapter goes over various forms and methods of assessment from a teacher's perspective to help you prepare for the MTEL Reading Specialist exam. These lessons will review why assessment is important in education, different types of assessment and formative assessment, and the qualities of good assessments. By the time you finish reviewing these lessons, you can expect to feel better prepared for questions concerning all of the following:

  • Standardized assessments and formative and summative evaluations
  • Performance assessments
  • Bloom's taxonomy
  • Using the cloze procedure for assessment
  • Strategies for vocabulary and print awareness assessment
  • Oral language skills
  • Assessment use and misuse in the classroom
  • Special education and ecological assessments

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14 Lessons in Chapter 22: MTEL Reading Specialist: Assessment Strategies
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The Importance of Assessment in Education

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.

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

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.

Types of Formative Assessment

3. 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.

Standardized Assessments & Formative vs. Summative Evaluations

4. 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.

Qualities of Good Assessments: Standardization, Practicality, Reliability & Validity

5. 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

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.

Bloom's Taxonomy and Assessments

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.

Using Cloze for Assessment

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.

Effective Techniques for Vocabulary Assessment

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.

Oral Language Skills: Definition & Assessment

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.

Techniques for Assessing Student Fluency

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.

Assessment Techniques for Print Awareness

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.

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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