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ERIC Number: ED366936
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Informal Literacy Assessment: An Organized Meld of Evaluative Information.
McLain, K. Victoria Mayer; Heaston, Amy
Informal assessment ties evaluation and teaching together. Through systematic observation, teachers gather useful, instructional information as learners engage in the processes of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Informal assessment measures suggested by researchers and language arts teachers include anecdotal records, informal inventories, running records, conferences, writing samples, observational checklists, think-aloud protocols, and self-assessment. Several specific strategies for organizing informal assessment have been found to be useful: using an expandable file folder to store the variety of assessment measures; placing the file folders in an easily accessible location in the classroom; and creating an organizational sheet to help teachers focus on the goals of instruction and instructional strategies. Using informal assessment successfully depends not only on the organized use of a variety of measures for assessment, but also on the accurate interpretation of the information gathered. Using multiple measures in an organized, systematic procedure allows teachers to make accurate, informed decisions based on various assessment instruments. (Five figures representing various informal assessment measures are included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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