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NMTA Reading: Techniques for Reading Assessment - Chapter Summary
This chapter's lessons help you review information on types of reading assessments and how to use them to help students. Prepare for NMTA Reading exam questions on the following topics:
- Forms of assessments
- Qualities of good assessments
- Validity in assessments
- Product vs. process in performance assessments
- Standardized assessment pros and cons
- Test bias
- Use and misuse of assessments
- Techniques for vocabulary assessments
- Ways to assess student fluency and reading comprehension
- How to assess student study and research skills
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NMTA Reading: Techniques for Reading Assessment Chapter Objectives
In New Mexico, passing the NMTA Reading exam may be used to obtain an initial teaching license or to add an endorsement in reading to an existing license. There are four subareas on the exam, and questions on the topics this chapter explores are in Subarea I, Planning, Managing and Organizing Reading Instruction Based on Ongoing Assessment. The exam has 100 multiple-choice questions, and 27 of them are in Subarea I.
Our lesson quizzes let you gain experience answering computer-delivered multiple-choice questions like you'll encounter on the exam. These quizzes also offer an assessment of your learning and show you areas you need to revisit in the lesson for additional study.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Assessment Techniques for Phonemic Awareness
In this lesson, we will learn about some assessment tools for monitoring the development of phonemic awareness in Kindergarten through the second grade.
11. Phonics Assessment: Tools & Techniques
In this lesson, we will examine the components of phonics skills development and look at techniques to effectively monitor student progress in this area.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. How to Assess Student Research & Study Skills
Today's teachers are tasked with ensuring that students know how to study and conduct research. This lesson will provide you with some ideas about how to assess your students' ability to ask questions, evaluate resources, and take good notes.
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Other chapters within the NMTA Reading (013): Practice & Study Guide course
- NMTA Reading: Language Development
- NMTA Reading: Promoting Writing Development
- NMTA Reading: Promoting Written Communication
- NMTA Reading: Promoting Vocabulary Development
- NMTA Reading: Emergent Literacy
- NMTA Reading: Phonemic Awareness & Phonics
- NMTA Reading: Promoting Reading Comprehension
- NMTA Reading: Reading Comprehension Instruction
- NMTA Reading: Understanding Literature for Students
- NMTA Reading: Using Literary Texts
- NMTA Reading: Promoting Content Area Literacy
- NMTA Reading: Promoting Study Skills
- NMTA Reading: Promoting Independent Reading
- NMTA Reading: Promoting Oral Communication
- NMTA Reading: Oral Communication in the Classroom
- NMTA Reading: Using Reading Assessment Data
- NMTA Reading: Planning Reading Instruction
- NMTA Reading: Effective Reading Instruction
- NMTA Reading: The Reading Professional
- NMTA Reading: Legislative Influences in Reading
- NMTA Reading Flashcards