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Ch 17: Reading & Writing Assessments

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Boost your knowledge of reading and writing assessments with help from fun video and text lessons. This chapter can ensure you fully understand assessment techniques for reading comprehension, how to use cloze for assessment and more.

Reading & Writing Assessments - Chapter Summary

How much do you already know about reading and writing assessments? This chapter can help you find out. Explore entertaining lessons that provide comprehensive overviews of types and methods of assessment. Use this chapter to discover new concepts or refresh your knowledge. Once you've completed this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Identify various forms of assessment
  • Describe how to assess student learning using direct observation
  • List strategies for using informal observations and cloze for assessment
  • Share ways to use rubrics for literacy instruction and determine students' reading level
  • Provide assessment techniques for reading comprehension and student writing
  • Demonstrate how to show student understanding through reflective writing strategies
  • Explain how to select writing development assessments and communicate assessment expectations to students
  • Show how to assess students' reading, speaking, listening and writing skills

Review the lessons often to ensure you are fully knowledgeable of the subject area. Clarify any topics you don't understand by submitting questions to our experts. At any time, gauge your comprehension of reading and writing assessments by taking short quizzes. For a broader review of the lessons, take this chapter's practice exam.

12 Lessons in Chapter 17: Reading & Writing Assessments
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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.

Using Direct Observation to Assess Student Learning

2. 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.

Strategies for Using Informal Observations in Assessment

3. Strategies for Using Informal Observations in Assessment

Informal observational assessments require watching, listening, and documenting student performance-based tasks. Strategies for this type of assessment range from intentional activities to incidental chance observations.

Using Cloze for Assessment

4. 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.

How to Use Rubrics for Literacy Instruction

5. How to Use Rubrics for Literacy Instruction

Rubrics are tools showing standards expected for assignments. This lesson will explain rubrics and describe how teachers can use rubrics to improve literacy instruction.

Methods for Determining Students' Reading Level

6. 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.

Assessment Techniques for Reading Comprehension

7. 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.

Reflective Writing Strategies to Show Student Understanding

8. Reflective Writing Strategies to Show Student Understanding

Teachers can use students' writing for many purposes. One of these, reflective writing, is a great way to get a pulse on student learning. This lesson defines reflective writing and shows how it can be used to reflect student understanding.

Assessing Student Writing: Examples, Tools & Methods

9. Assessing Student Writing: Examples, Tools & Methods

When reviewing a student's essay, you should offer an assessment of the writing to help students develop as writers. In this lesson, we will review the tools and methods used to assess a student's paper.

Selecting Writing Development Assessments for Students

10. Selecting Writing Development Assessments for Students

Teachers need to use assessments in order to design writing instruction to meet all students' needs. This lesson describes writing assessments and shows how to design a writing assessment for students of all grade and ability levels.

Assessing Student Skills in Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening

11. Assessing Student Skills in Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening

Reading, writing, speaking and listening are the major areas of study for all standard English language arts curricula. So how do you assess those skills? Read this lesson to find out.

Communicating Assessment Expectations to Students

12. Communicating Assessment Expectations to Students

Student assessment preparation should include an explanation of the expected responses, how the scoring will be done, and information on the types of questions that will be asked. Students are better able to prepare when they know what to expect.

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