Ch 7: Foundations of Reading: Assessing Reading Development

About This Chapter

The Wisconsin Foundations of Reading exam typically includes questions on assessing reading development. Use this chapter to review different types of assessments and prepare to answer these questions.

WI Foundations of Reading: Assessing Reading Development - Chapter Summary

This chapter reviews essential information regarding assessing reading development to get you ready for the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading exam. The meticulously designed lessons will give you confidence when dealing with questions that involve:

  • Why assessments are important
  • Informal, formal, paper-pencil, performance and standardized assessments
  • Possible uses and misuses of assessments
  • Cloze and student reading level
  • Leveling texts and assessing reading materials
  • Assessing student research, study skills and reading comprehension

These text and video lessons were created by expert instructors to familiarize you with the concepts involved with measuring reading development. The videos feature timelines that allow you to move between the topics in this facet of education that you'd like to focus on.

11 Lessons in Chapter 7: Foundations of Reading: Assessing Reading Development
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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.

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.

Use and Misuse of Assessments in the Classroom

3. 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.

Standardized Assessments & Formative vs. Summative Evaluations

4. 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.

Standardized Tests in Education: Advantages and Disadvantages

5. Standardized Tests in Education: Advantages and Disadvantages

Standardized tests are used frequently in educational settings. This lesson will help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of these tests and also explore factors that impact standardized test performance.

Using Cloze for Assessment

6. 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.

Methods for Determining Students' Reading Level

7. 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.

Leveling Texts: Pros & Cons, Implementation & Best Practices

8. Leveling Texts: Pros & Cons, Implementation & Best Practices

Teachers commonly use leveled books to meet the needs of various learners in a literacy classroom. Leveled books are useful literacy tools, but can be disadvantageous when they are overused or utilized incorrectly.

Strategies for Assessing Reading Materials

9. Strategies for Assessing Reading Materials

One of the most important aspects of being an English language arts teacher is choosing suitable reading materials for your students. Watch this video lesson to learn strategies for choosing the most appropriate materials.

How to Assess Student Research & Study Skills

10. How to Assess Student Research & Study Skills

Today's teachers are tasked with ensuring that students know how to study and conduct research. This lesson will provide you with some ideas about how to assess your students' ability to ask questions, evaluate resources, and take good notes.

Assessment Techniques for Reading Comprehension

11. 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.

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