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Proper assessment is the foundation for effective instruction. The three most common tools for assessment are: observation, administration of standardized tests and portfolio assessment. Discuss the advantages and drawbacks of each form of assessment. Why is it important to use all three forms of assessment?

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This solution discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the three most common tools for educational assessment, and provides an argument for why it's important to use all three forms.

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Assessment for young children should be balanced. Youngsters do not fair well on the basis of standardized tests alone. Children can have a difficult night's sleep, skip breakfast, or have morning stress, all of which will affect the test results. A standardized test represents a single day or day(s) in time. Often the results may not be obtained until months later, when students have made gains in academic achievement. For the above stated reasons, students should have a balanced approach in assessment including the use of standardized tests, observations, and portfolios.

The strength of observations is that they allow teachers to determine progress in all developmental ...

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