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Ch 9: Using Assessment & Evaluation in Teaching

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Increase your confidence before taking an important certification exam with this chapter on evaluation and assessment in teaching. Our video and text lessons are mobile-friendly, easy to understand and designed to help you prepare to do your best on test day.

Using Assessment & Evaluation in Teaching - Chapter Summary

Our informative chapter covers the ways evaluation and assessment are used in teaching. You'll review the qualities that make good assessments, the different kinds of assessments and the the use of diagnostic assessment. Additional lesson topics include the strengths and limitations of student portfolio assessments and how to use and implement progress monitoring assessments. After completing this chapter, you should be ready to:

  • Understand the factors affecting the assessments of diverse learners
  • Explain the use of multiple data sources for assessments
  • Summarize and understand assessment results
  • Compare student test scores to those of a larger population
  • Inform your instruction using data
  • Maintain systematic student records
  • Ensure confidentiality of student records is maintained
  • Follow tips for successful parent teacher conferences

These engaging learning resources are accessible to you 24 hours a day on your mobile phone, tablet or computer. Our video lessons are easy to navigate using the video tabs feature found in the Timeline. To make sure you completely understand these topics, take the short quizzes presented with each lesson or the more comprehensive chapter exam.

13 Lessons in Chapter 9: Using Assessment & Evaluation in Teaching
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.

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

2. 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.

What is Diagnostic Assessment? - Definition & Examples

3. What is Diagnostic Assessment? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will explore a form of pretesting known as diagnostic assessment. We'll look at its definition, benefits, and examples of diagnostic assessments used by educators.

Student Portfolio Assessment: Strengths & Limitations

4. Student Portfolio Assessment: Strengths & Limitations

Educators strive to use various types of authentic assessments with their students. One of them 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.

Implementing & Using Progress Monitoring Assessments

5. Implementing & Using Progress Monitoring Assessments

In this lesson, we will learn about progress monitoring and explore ways that educators can use progress monitoring in the classroom to improve student achievement.

Factors in the Assessment of Diverse Learners

6. Factors in the Assessment of Diverse Learners

Educators know that not all students are the same and many aspects can influence assessment outcomes. This lesson reviews these influences and discusses their impact on outcomes.

Using Multiple Data Sources for Assessments

7. 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.

Summarizing Assessment Results: Understanding Basic Statistics of Score Distribution

8. 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.

Summarizing Assessment Results: Comparing Test Scores to a Larger Population

9. Summarizing Assessment Results: Comparing Test Scores to a Larger Population

Assessment results can yield valuable information about the individual test-taker and the larger population of test-takers. This lesson will describe how to compare test scores to a larger population by explaining standard score, stanines, z-score, percentile rank and cumulative percentage.

Using Data to Inform Instruction

10. 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.

Maintaining Accurate & Systematic Student Records

11. Maintaining Accurate & Systematic Student Records

In this lesson, teachers will learn about the importance of maintaining accurate and systematic student records. Strategies for keeping records about students' academic performance, attendance, and behavior will be included.

Maintaining the Confidentiality of Student Records

12. Maintaining the Confidentiality of Student Records

How do you preserve student records in a way that protects their confidentiality? This article discusses the laws regulating private student information and best practices for compliance.

Parent Teacher Conference Tips

13. Parent Teacher Conference Tips

''It takes a village to raise a child.'' Although many know this to be an old African proverb, research has shown that student achievement increases when parents and teachers work together. This lesson will explore the importance of the parent-teacher conference when it comes to student success.

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