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 1.  Print awareness
 2.  The sounds of speech
 3.  Phonemic awareness
 4.  Phonics
 5.  Informal classroom-based assessment
 6.  Fluency
 7.  Vocabulary
 8.  Spelling
 9.  Writing
 10.  Text comprehension

Diary of a First Year Teacher

Module 5  –  Informal classroom-based assessment

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1. Which is an example of an informal reading assessment?
a. informal reading inventory
b. letter/sound recognition
c. concepts of print
d. all of the above

2. Which informal assessment requires a student to read aloud from a text?
a. oral reading accuracy
b. letter/sound identification
c. concepts of print
d. all of the above

3. A letter/sound recognition assessment can reveal whether or not a student knows her ________:
a. capital letters
b. letter sounds
c. lowercase letters
d. all of the above

4. Informal assessment tools help teachers to:
a. determine which students have dyslexia
b. determine which students need extra support
c. determine which students are 'gifted'
d. none of the above

5. _______________ assessment can be given as part of an Informal Reading Inventory or combined with a comprehension assessment.
a. letter/sound identification
b. concepts of print
c. oral reading accuracy
d. phonemic awareness

6. Assesments should be given:
a. only at the beginning of the school year
b. several times during the school year
c. only during state-wide assessment days
d. none of the above

7. The best informal assessment measures students' ___________:
a. phonemic awareness ability
b. understanding of speech sounds
c. knowledge of letters
d. there is not one best informal assessment

8. Assessments can serve to ____________:
a. "test" the teacher's teaching skill
b. "monitor" students' progress
c. "guide" classroom instruction
d. all of the above

9. Which assessment asks students to "point to a word"?
a. comprehension
b. reading accuracy
c. concepts of print
d. none of the above

10. Informal assessment can be part of an instructional plan that includes:
a. delivering instruction
b. administering standardized evaluation
c. revising lesson plans
d. all of the above

First Year Teacher was a pilot project of Reading Rockets, which is service of WETA, Washington D.C.'s flagship public television station. Funding for First Year Teacher was provided by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs; The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; and The Overbrook Foundation.

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