Informal Classroom-Based Assessment

Informal Classroom-Based Assessment

Administering informal assessments on a regular basis throughout the school year provides useful information that can help teachers to identify the individual strengths and weakness of each student — and most importantly, guide the next steps in instruction.

Informal assessment information can help you decide:

What do I want to know about my students?

There are different informal assessment tools for assessing various components of reading. It's important to ask yourself: "What do I want to know about my students? What do I want to assess?" These short articles can get you started:

Assessment chart

For easy access to all of this assessment information, just download and print the PDF handout: Overview of Informal Reading Assessments.

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For Teachers

The following are sample charts you can use when assessing students informally in the classroom. Most of the assessments here should be given one-on-one.
There are several informal assessment tools for assessing various components of reading. The following are ten suggested tools for teachers to use.
The National Center on Intensive Intervention has created a chart of scientifically based tools to measure students' progress. Determine which one best fits your school's needs.
Is your school planning to implement student progress monitoring (SPM)? Are you thinking of using it in your classroom? If so, consider a number of factors to make SPM an integral part of classroom activities, rather than a series of isolated assessments unconnected to other parts of the learning experience. This brief offers some suggestions on how to use SPM in an integrated way.

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