list outlines the different types of assessment the teacher in my classroom
used with her students. Some of them would be considered informal and others
formal. Both are useful in tracking the progress of all of the students
in her classroom.
Teacher-made tests to evaluate comprehension
and skill in current reading and language arts lessons--the teacher writes
her own tests based on the text that the students have read. The tests
usually contain multiple choice, application, inferential and comprehension
Thematic tests taken from the language
arts text--these are tests that are pre-written for the texts. They have
questions similar to those found on the teacher-made tests. Sometimes the
teacher will modify the questions to fit her students' ability levels.
Individual tests for each student at
that student's current level of comprehension.
Teacher-made Informal Reading Inventories
including Dolch List, Sight word lists and Cloze procedures--individual
students are asked to read through words lists to determine their current
level of word recognition. They are also asked to complete Cloze procedures
where use of context is being evaluated. Can the student use context to
fill in missing words?
Competency testing--tests are completed
each year for first, second and third graders to ensure they are gaining
required knowledge in all subject areas. The tests are used throughout
the state for all students.
of assessments are used throughout the school year to track student performance
levels. The teacher implements the different tests as she deems necessary
to keep parents up to date and her own records up to date. All of the tests
are important and are used interchangeably.
Various formal assessments are used
by the teacher and school psychologist to complete IEP and MFE documents.
(for example--Stanford Achievement Test)