When incorporated into classroom practice, the formative assessment process provides information needed to adjust teaching and learning while they are still happening. The process serves as practice for the student and a check for understanding during the learning process.
Criterion-referenced tests and assessments are designed to measure student performance against a fixed set of predetermined criteria or learning standards—i.e., concise, written descriptions of what students are expected to know and be able to do at a specific stage of their education. In elementary and secondary education, criterion-referenced tests are used to evaluate whether students […]
Diagnostic assessment is a form of pre-assessment that allows a teacher to determine students' individual strengths, weaknesses, knowledge, and skills prior to instruction. It is primarily used to diagnose student difficulties and to guide lesson and curriculum planning.
A diagnostic assessment or pre-assessment often focuses on one area or domain of knowledge. It can provide educators with information about each student’s prior knowledge before beginning instruction. You can use a diagnostic assessment to assist them in developing lesson plans and providing differentiated instruction to meet children’s needs.
Dynamic assessment can be used in two major ways: as a teaching tool to ensure maximum learning for each student, or as a form of testing for disabilities. Teaching Tool Dynamic assessment can be used as a means of ensuring that the lesson is within a student's ZPD.
Interim Assessments – What they are and how to use them to benefit student learning We’ve blogged quite frequently on formative assessment, from what it is to how to use it successfully in the classroom and as part of teacher professional development. This blog begins a shift in focus toward what NWEA is well known for – interim ...
Citation: Huitt, W., & Monetti, D. (2015). Norm-based assessment. In M. Spector (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of educational technology (pp. 545-547). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Norm-referenced Assessment The interaction of technology and norm-referenced assessment creates many opportunities, while raising significant issues and concerns.
A synoptic assessment combines two or more modules of study into a single assessment. Such an assessment may help students to make connections between modules, increase the level of student engagement and provide teaching staff with the opportunity to adopt a holistic approach to delivering modules.
Alternative Assessment. Alternative assessment, often called authentic, comprehensive, or performance assessment, is usually designed by the teacher to gauge students' understanding of material. Examples of these measurements are open-ended questions, written compositions, oral presentations, projects, experiments, and portfolios of student work.