Informal Assessment

Teacher doing informal reading assessment with elementary student

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 the following:

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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