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