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Student Performance & Assessment - Chapter Summary
Our interesting chapter covers student performance and assessment. In these lessons, you'll study the factors and research associated with student achievement. Once you've completed this chapter, you should be able to:
- Detail the educational importance of assessment
- Differentiate between summative and formative evaluations
- Outline the different types of assessments
- Assess students' prior skills and knowledge
- Use strategies to include informal observations in assessment
- Discuss the strengths and limitations of student portfolio assessments
- Utilize post-assessment activities
Professional instructors have created these lessons, so you can have complete confidence you're learning the most accurate information possible. Take a look at the lessons as many times as needed to master this information. Then you can take the accompanying multiple-choice quizzes to get an idea of how well you'll do on an upcoming test.
1. Student Achievement: Definition, Factors & Research
What is student achievement? This lesson provides a general definition of student achievement, defines factors that impact a student's ability to achieve and explains what research shows about successful student achievement.
2. The Importance of Assessment in Education
Assessment is a critical piece of the learning process. This lesson gives an overview of assessment, why it benefits both teachers and students, and the three most common forms of assessment.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Methods for Assessing Students' Prior Knowledge & Skills
Before beginning instruction, teachers should use different assessments to determine what their students know about a particular topic. This lesson discusses the importance of these assessments and gives examples that are commonly used in the classroom.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Post-Assessment Activities
Regardless of the specific content you are teaching, it is important to have some strategies that help you assess students' learning. These activities are designed to be used in assessments at the end of a unit.
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