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Alternative Assessment Under the Microscope

-When is it appropriate to use an informal assessment? When would a formal assessment be more appropriate?

-Reflect on a time when an alternative assessment was utilized successfully. Provide a description of the assessment and how the results informed subsequent instruction.

-Create an alternative assessment that would be appropriate for a specific task to be completed by a chosen group of ELD students. Describe its use and possible outcomes.
-How can the general format and content of an alternative assessment support student language proficiency goals?
-How would you effectively address academic deficiencies identified by the results?
-How would you address special education and gifted student accommodations?

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-When is it appropriate to use an informal assessment?
An informal assessment is most appropriate in the formative stage of instruction. Informal assessments include such things as checking on students while circulating around the room, asking questions to check on understanding, giving students suggestions and tips for improvement while they are working, tickets for the door to check for learning on a daily basis, and all other sorts of non-recorded (even though some may be recorded) assessments. Formative instruction is during the acquisition of knowledge stage, while students are still learning and practicing new skills and concepts.

When would a formal assessment be more appropriate?
At the end of the lesson, to check for final understanding, and later to check for retention of understanding.

-Reflect on a time when an alternative assessment was utilized successfully. Provide a description of the assessment and how the results informed subsequent instruction.
I assign my students a final, summative digital portfolio of exemplar work they have ...

Solution Summary

What are alternative assessments good for, when should they be used, examples of successful use, using AA with ELL students (example) and how AA can help learners of all ability levels improve their skills and demonstrate their learning.

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