Ch 8: Student Assessments in School Counseling

About This Chapter

Learn about the the uses of student assessments in school counseling. Use the video lessons to learn about the different types of assessments and their uses and to ensure that the assessments used are valid and reliable.

Student Assessments in School Counseling - Chapter Summary

This chapter covers the basics of student assessment use in school counseling. Our expert instructors present lessons on the qualities of good assessments and making sure they are standardized, practical, reliable, and valid. Formal and informal assessments are also covered as well as the uses and issues of high-stakes testing. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Define validity in assessments
  • Compare norm- vs. criterion-referenced scoring
  • Discuss measurement error in student assessment
  • Explain personal and environmental factors impacting student learning, success, and test performance
  • Understand the importance of using multiple data sources for assessments
  • Describe sharing assessment data with students and stakeholders and using data to inform instruction
  • Summarize response to intervention
  • Identify Florida's Academic Counseling and Tracking for Students (FACTS)

The lessons in this chapter have been prepared by professional instructors to help you make the most of your study time. The lessons are short and available online at any time so you can study when it is convenient for you. Lesson tags allow you to go back through the videos to find key information, and the lesson quizzes let you check your progress.

13 Lessons in Chapter 8: Student Assessments in School Counseling
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Qualities of Good Assessments: Standardization, Practicality, Reliability & Validity

1. 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

2. 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.

The Reliability Coefficient and the Reliability of Assessments

3. The Reliability Coefficient and the Reliability of Assessments

How are test scores affected by day-to-day changes of a student? Do different people rate students' performances the same? These questions are addressed through the understanding of reliability. This lesson will define reliability, explain how reliability is measured, and explore methods to enhance reliability of assessments in the classroom.

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

4. 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.

Personal Factors Affecting Student Learning & Success

5. Personal Factors Affecting Student Learning & Success

Personal factors, like personality and social skills, impact a student's success and ability to learn. This lesson outlines factors that affect student learning and success and details how they impact learning.

Environmental Factors Impacting Student Test Performance

6. Environmental Factors Impacting Student Test Performance

Students are faced with taking assessments throughout their academic career. What types of things impact performance? This lesson gives an overview of various environmental factors and tips on how to make the environment conducive to success.

Formal Assessments: Examples & Types

7. Formal Assessments: Examples & Types

Formal assessments are tests that systematically measure how well a student has mastered learning outcomes. Learn more about formal assessments and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Informal Assessments in the Classroom: Examples & Types

8. Informal Assessments in the Classroom: Examples & Types

In this lesson, we will discuss informal assessments used in the classroom. We will cover what informal assessments are and look at some types and examples, and then you will be asked to take a short quiz to assess your comprehension.

High-Stakes Testing: Accountability and Problems

9. 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.

Using Multiple Data Sources for Assessments

10. Using Multiple Data Sources for Assessments

What is the best way for teachers to assess their students' knowledge and skills? In this lesson, we'll discuss different types of assessments and why using multiple data sources to assess learning is best for students and teachers alike.

Sharing Assessment Data with Students & Stakeholders

11. Sharing Assessment Data with Students & Stakeholders

In this lesson, we will discuss some of the misunderstandings stakeholders have about testing and score reports to identify ways that teachers can prepare to communicate outcomes of student assessments with students, parents, and colleagues.

What Is Response to Intervention (RTI)? - Tiers & Strategies

12. What Is Response to Intervention (RTI)? - Tiers & Strategies

The Response to Intervention process, or RTI, was designed and implemented in public schools as an attempt at early intervention for students with exceptional educational needs. In this video, we will look at the basics of this process.

Using Data to Inform Instruction

13. Using Data to Inform Instruction

This lesson highlights how data is used to improve student achievement through instruction, assessment, analysis, and re-teaching. A short quiz will follow to test your knowledge.

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