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What are the differences between formal and informal data collection processes?

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Informal assessment test may be helpful to parents when formal assessments are overwhelming or intimidating because they are descriptive and relatively easy to understand. Informal assessments are also an area parents can contribute to the data collecting through filling out informal questionnaires, answer questions or share stories. With informal measures, the student's performance is compared to specific instructional concerns such as the sequence of learning tasks within the curriculum of the school or the conduct standards of a particular classroom. Informal measures tend to focus on one or more sub-skills within a curriculum area in an attempt to assess these thoroughly.
Informal assessments can be time consuming when the design, the administration, and the scoring and interpretation are all taken into account. However, administration procedures are often straightforward. The purpose of informal assessments is to gather sufficient information to allow teachers to monitor student progress or make instructional planning ...

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