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Principles of Classroom Assessment - Chapter Summary
This informative chapter presents the principles of classroom assessment for your convenient study. Here you'll review different forms of assessments, as well as see examples of formative and summative assessments. Additional topics include the advantages and disadvantages of standardized tests in education and methods for assessing student learning using case studies. This chapter is designed to assist you in accomplishing these goals:
- Outline the strengths and limitations of student portfolio assessment
- Assess student learning using direct observation
- Use learning styles, interviews and interest inventories for assessment purposes
- Detail the steps for preparing educational assessments
- Evaluate assessment instruments and their results
- Monitor the progress of individual students
- Identify the benefits of using assessment data to drive instruction
- Report learning progress to students and parents
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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. What is Formative Assessment? - Strategies & Examples
Formative assessment can help teachers plan the most effective instruction. In this lesson, you'll learn what formative assessments are, why they are important, and multiple strategies that you can implement in the classroom.
3. Summative Assessments: Examples & Types
Think of state exams, midterms, finals, graded papers, and standardized tests such as the SAT. They all have one thing in common - they are summative assessments! Find out more in this lesson.
4. 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.
5. Using Case Studies to Assess Student Learning
In this lesson we focus on what a case study is, how they can be used in a classroom setting, and the characteristics of a situation or issue which can make it a good case study.
6. Student Portfolio Assessment: Strengths & Limitations
Educators strive to use various types of authentic assessments with their students. One type of assessment is the portfolio, and this lesson describes what a portfolio is, what goes in it, and how to manage and evaluate them in a classroom.
7. Using Direct Observation to Assess Student Learning
Teachers use all sorts of methods to determine what students learn. One method is direct observation. This lesson defines the term and explains how it is used in the classroom. Read on for details.
8. Using Interviews, Learning Styles & Interest Inventories for Assessment Purposes
Learning styles vary from person to person. One reliable way to determine one's learning style is through the use of interest inventory tools. This lesson covers the types of learning styles and how to use interviews in assessing students with varying approaches to learning.
9. Steps in Preparing Educational Assessments
Watch this video lesson to learn what you need to do in order to write an assessment that will meet your teaching goals and needs. Learn what you need to think about as you write and then administer your assessment.
10. How to Evaluate Assessment Instruments & Their Results
Assessments play a big part in the decision-making process of educators. In this lesson, we will look at key characteristics such as validity, reliability and variability, and discuss how they can help educators better evaluate the effectiveness of their instruments.
11. Monitoring the Progress of Individual Students
In order to plan instruction for students, teachers must first have a solid idea of student skill level. This lesson explains methods for monitoring and recording the progress of individual students and shows how it is applied in a classroom.
12. Benefits of Using Assessment Data to Drive Instruction
Assessments are powerful tools that can give you precise data about student learning. Using that data to drive instruction is incredibly important for effective teaching. This lesson will detail some benefits of using data to drive instruction.
13. How to Report Learning Progress to Students & Parents
This lesson describes how to communicate learning progress. It specifically focuses on the tools of summative documentation, formative communication, and standardized documentation.
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