Ch 8: MTLE Early Childhood Education: Assessments

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Use these lessons to prepare for questions on the MTLE Early Childhood Education exam about the different types of assessments, uses of assessments and the qualities of good assessments.

MTLE Early Childhood Education: Assessments - Chapter Summary

These text and video lessons have been composed to help individuals like you study for questions on the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE) Early Childhood Education (Birth to Grade 3) exam about the types, functions and qualities assessments. Each lesson is taught by one of our expert instructors and is mobile device-compatible so you may have an effective and versatile way to review:

  • Ways to assess students reading levels and other language arts skills
  • Informal, formal, paper-pencil and performance forms of assessments
  • Uses of standardized, formative and summative assessments
  • Advantages and disadvantages of standardized assessments
  • Ecological assessments and their use in special education
  • Importance of standardization, practicality, reliability and validity
  • Proper and improper uses of assessments in the classroom
  • Use of Bloom's Taxonomy to assess learning and cognitive ability

In addition to watching these lesson videos, you can improve your retention of the information presented in them by reading the lesson transcripts. Like our text lessons, these transcripts have important vocabulary highlighted in bold type. Take the lesson quizzes to discover topics you don't understand. The timeline on the video lessons includes video tags that make it easy to return to and study parts of the lessons that explain those topics.

9 Lessons in Chapter 8: MTLE Early Childhood Education: Assessments
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Methods for Determining Students' Reading Level

1. 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.

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.

Standardized Assessments & Formative vs. Summative Evaluations

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.

Performance Assessments: Product vs. Process

4. 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.

Standardized Tests in Education: Advantages and Disadvantages

5. 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.

Special Education and Ecological Assessments

6. 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.

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

7. 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.

Use and Misuse of Assessments in the Classroom

8. 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.

Bloom's Taxonomy and Assessments

9. 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.

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