Teacher Observations

Both tests and quizzes can provide valuable feedback for making instructional decisions and assessing student progress. Quizzes alert teachers to student readiness for further instruction and/or the need for re-teaching. Formative assessments should focus on the mastery of instructional objectives that have been taught.

Instructional programs or texts that provide ready-made tests are screened carefully to ensure that they are in line with curriculum and instructional objectives.

Recording instruments which can assist teachers in systematic, focused data collection on student performance should include but not be limited to:

  • Anecdotal notes
  • Rubrics/Scoring Guides
  • Checklists
  • Journal Entries
  • Reading/Writing Portfolios
  • Interviews/Conferences
  • Content Portfolios

Student Products

A performance portfolio which includes samples of student work can show gradual or marked improvement or decline in progress. Samples could include, but not be limited to:

  • Projects
  • Content Portfolio
  • Presentations
  • Writing Samples
  • Videos
  • Math Applications
  • Journal/Sketchbook
  • Work Samples
  • Drawings
  • Non-linguistic representation

Teacher-Made Tests/Quizzes

Both tests and quizzes can provide valuable feedback for making instructional decisions and assessing student progress. Quizzes alert teachers to student readiness for further instruction and/or the need for re-teaching. Formative assessments should focus on the mastery of instructional objectives that have been taught.

Instructional programs or texts that provide ready-made tests are screened carefully to ensure that they are in line with curriculum and instructional objectives.