Ch 23: MTTC Reading: Assessment Uses & Data

About This Chapter

Include this chapter in your preparations for the MTTC Reading exam to review the different types of assessments, what makes an assessment good and the proper uses of assessments and assessment data.

MTTC Reading: Assessment Uses & Data - Chapter Summary

This chapter covers topics about the different types of assessments, quality of assessments and the analysis of assessment data. After this chapter you should be ready for any MTTC Reading test questions about:

  • Informal, formal, paper-pencil and performance assessments
  • Standardization, practicality, reliability and validity of assessments
  • Differences between the product and process of performance assessments
  • Advantages and disadvantages of standardized tests
  • Misuse of assessments
  • Statistical and quantitative analysis of test data
  • Accountability and problems of high-stakes testing
  • Testing biases of assessments

These lessons are mobile device compatible so that you can study with your smartphone or tablet anywhere you have an Internet connection. To assess your understanding of the information presented in these lessons, take the lesson quizzes. These quizzes will help you find any topics you don't understand. The Timeline for each video allows you to easily find any key segments that you'd like to reexamine.

14 Lessons in Chapter 23: MTTC Reading: Assessment Uses & Data
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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.

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

2. 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.

Validity in Assessments: Content, Construct & Predictive Validity

3. 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.

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 Assessments & Formative vs. Summative Evaluations

5. 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.

Standardized Tests in Education: Advantages and Disadvantages

6. 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.

Use and Misuse of Assessments in the Classroom

7. 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.

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.

Using Mean, Median, and Mode for Assessment

9. Using Mean, Median, and Mode for Assessment

How does a teacher decide what is a good exam score and what is a bad one? This lesson focuses on classroom assessment, but instead of different types of assessment (such as essay versus true/false questions), we'll discuss statistical methods for summarizing scores on any form of testing. Specifically, this lesson covers the statistical tools known as the mean, median and mode.

Norm- vs. Criterion-Referenced Scoring: Advantages & Disadvantages

10. Norm- vs. Criterion-Referenced Scoring: Advantages & Disadvantages

Assessment results allow educators to make important decisions about students' knowledge, abilities and future educational potential. There are multiple ways to summarize and interpret assessment results. This lesson will discuss ways to summarize norm-referenced assessments and criterion-referenced assessments.

What is Quantitative Data? - Definition & Examples

11. What is Quantitative Data? - Definition & Examples

Watch this video lesson to find out the difference between saying you have seven apples and saying that those apples are delicious. You will learn about quantitative data and why it is useful.

High-Stakes Testing: Accountability and Problems

12. 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

13. 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.

Observing Reading Behaviors in Students

14. Observing Reading Behaviors in Students

You can learn so much about a child by watching him or her read. This lesson will give you some ideas about how to observe students' reading behaviors and what to do with what you learn via these observations.

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