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Consider the importance of using a variety of assessments in the teaching of reading.

Create a chart that identifies various types of informal, formal, formative, and summative assessments (e.g., DRA, running records, DIBELS, etc.) used to assess children's reading abilities.

Compare and contrast a minimum of five assessments.

Use peer-reviewed articles and/or other research-based internet sites in support of your content.

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Let's approach this by looking at each of the four types of assessments. For each, I will give you brief notes to refresh your memory about the purpose behind each type of assessment, followed by a few examples for each. You can then easily create a chart comparing and contrasting the four types of assessments using those notes.

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Informal assessments are based more on observation by the teacher than actual worked performed by the student. When conducting an informal assessment, the teacher is making a judgment about the student's behavior and what they learned in a given unit. Examples are observations, checklists, or organizing portfolios to demonstrate student achievement from the beginning to end of the year.

a) Example 1: An observation where you watch children playing in a systematic manner. The purpose of this is to identify the behaviors that the student acts out and how they make and carry out the decision making process.
b) Example 2: Keep a Running Record where the teacher records a sequence of events that occur over a set time period. This type of assessment helps the teacher to gain more detailed insight into the behavior of a student over an extended period of time.
c) Example 3: Keep a Rating Scale that contains a ...

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