Ch 12: TExMaT Master Reading Teacher: Instructional Assessment

About This Chapter

As you study for the TExMaT Master Reading Teacher exam, use this chapter to reinforce your understanding of the qualities and importance of good assessments. Complete activities of this chapter to review what you know about the different types of assessments, interpreting results and monitoring student progress.

TExMaT Master Reading Teacher: Instructional Assessment - Chapter Summary

As part of a study guide course for the TExMaT Master Reading Teacher test, this chapter has been assembled to aid in your review of the types of and uses for instructional assessments when teaching students how to read. Watch the series of engaging lesson videos in this chapter to prepare yourself for questions about:

  • Uses and importance of assessments in education
  • Qualities of good assessments
  • Bloom's taxonomy
  • Different types of assessments
  • Ecological assessments in special education
  • Evaluating and monitoring student achievement
  • Research in education and using data to inform instruction
  • Informal reading inventories
  • Monitoring strategies

These lesson videos are taught by expert instructors who are available to answer any questions you may have on the topics of this chapter. In addition to watching the lesson videos, fortify your retention of the information presented by working on lesson worksheets and taking lesson quizzes. With the results from the lesson quizzes, determine what areas you will want to further review before taking the TExMaT Master Reading Teacher exam. Organize this review with video tags that can take you directly to the locations in the lesson videos that discussed the topics you need to look at again.

22 Lessons in Chapter 12: TExMaT Master Reading Teacher: Instructional Assessment
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The Importance of Assessment in Education

1. 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.

Qualities of Good Assessments: Standardization, Practicality, Reliability & Validity

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.

Validity in Assessments: Content, Construct & Predictive Validity

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.

Bloom's Taxonomy and Assessments

4. Bloom's Taxonomy and Assessments

Bloom's Taxonomy is a popular and extremely helpful tool that is used by most teachers. In this lesson, we'll discuss the original and revised Bloom's Taxonomy as well as how to use it in the classroom to assess learning and cognitive ability.

Use and Misuse of Assessments in the Classroom

5. 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.

Forms of Assessment: Informal, Formal, Paper-Pencil & Performance Assessments

6. 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.

Standardized Assessments & Formative vs. Summative Evaluations

7. 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.

Performance Assessments: Product vs. Process

8. 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.

Special Education and Ecological Assessments

9. Special Education and Ecological Assessments

An ecological assessment is one type of assessment that is used to help students that have special needs. In this lesson, we discuss ecological assessments, what they entail, and how they are used.

Student Achievement: Definition, Factors & Research

10. 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.

Action Research in Education: Methods & Examples

11. Action Research in Education: Methods & Examples

Action research is often used in the field of education. The following lesson provides two examples of action research in the field of education, methods of conducting action research and a quiz to assess your understanding of the topic.

Strategies for Using Informal Observations in Assessment

12. 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.

Informal Assessments in the Classroom: Examples & Types

13. 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.

Student Portfolio Assessment: Strengths & Limitations

14. 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.

Using Interviews, Learning Styles & Interest Inventories for Assessment Purposes

15. 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.

How to Use Rubrics for Literacy Instruction

16. 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.

Summarizing Assessment Results: Understanding Basic Statistics of Score Distribution

17. Summarizing Assessment Results: Understanding Basic Statistics of Score Distribution

Summarizing test results is a critical component of the assessment process. In order for results to be used effectively, they must be summarized in a way that allows educators to compare the achievement of one student to others. This lesson will describe the first step in summarizing results: understanding the basic statistics of score distribution.

Using Data to Inform Instruction

18. 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.

Understanding Miscue Analysis & Running Record

19. Understanding Miscue Analysis & Running Record

Miscue analysis and running records are two similar reading assessments. While they are similar in style, they differ in implementation and use. This lesson reviews their similarities and differences.

Using the Informal Reading Inventory

20. Using the Informal Reading Inventory

The Informal Reading Inventory is a method used to assess individual student reading levels. This assessment should be performed multiple times a year.

Comprehension Monitoring Strategies

21. Comprehension Monitoring Strategies

There's much more to reading than simply sounding out words. Novice readers must also learn how to self-monitor for comprehension. Today's lesson takes a look at how the use of pausing, self-questioning, and self-diagnosis can help them in this process.

Continuously Monitoring to Improve Reading Instruction

22. Continuously Monitoring to Improve Reading Instruction

Reading is a complex process that involves many skills, and students' reading levels are constantly changing. This lesson looks at how teachers can use continuous monitoring of students to help them differentiate and improve reading instruction.

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