Assessment helps teachers monitor the effectiveness of their instruction for all children. Assessment identifies which children are falling behind in critical skills. Good practice requires the use of timely, reliable data to track student growth in order to guide instruction. By regularly assessing whether children are making adequate progress in learning to read, we know which children need more help and if their instructional plan is working for them. Analysis of assessment data directs appropriate interventions.
Before administering assessments, the following questions should be considered to ensure that the assessment will be useful in making these decisions:
The key types of Assessment are:
- Why is the information being collected (to identify skills not yet mastered or to determine which students are not performing on grade level)?
- What information is being collected (general performance or specific skill performance)?
- When is the information being collected (frequency throughout the year; prior to, during or after instruction)?
- How it is collected (individual or group administration)?
- Which students' information is collected (all students or an identified group)?
Please scroll down the page for descriptions of the types of assessment.