Classroom Assessments

Classroom Assessments

Teachers use three types of classroom assessments to measure students' learning:

  • Informal assessments
  • Basic skills assessments
  • Classroom performance assessments

Informal assessments

Provide regular checks for understanding and aid in instructional planning. These assessments are typically not scored but are likely to be used as part of evidence of student learning.  Examples of informal assessments include:

  • Observations
  • Questioning
  • Reflections
  • Homework checks for understanding

Basic skills assessments

May be used for any of the following purposes:

  • to determine students' mastery of content
  • to diagnose learning gaps for individual students
  • to aid the teacher in planning instruction
  • to monitor students' progress on specific interventions

Examples of basic skills assessments include short answer or selected response tests that measure a body of knowledge or skills.

Classroom performance assessments

May be used for any of the following purposes:

Examples of classroom performance assessments include essays, research papers, oral presentations, and investigations.
  • to measure students' use of basic skills in more applied contexts
  • to measure higher-level thinking
  • to enhance student engagement
  • to aid the teacher in planning instruction
Contact your child's teacher(s) for information about classroom assessments used as part of your child's instruction.

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