Assessments play an important role in helping to guide instruction. They help to identify student strengths and areas for improvement. They can be used to help place students in the best class to fit their goals and skill levels. They also help show progress by measuring educational gains. There are two types of assessments. Standardized assessments are tests that have been normed for validity and accuracy in measuring students' skills. Examples of standardized assessments include the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and the GED Tests®. Informal assessments are often developed by teachers to help measure progress, but have not been normed for validity and accuracy. Examples of Informal assessment include quizzes and projects.
All adult education students must have a valid administration of an approved assessment for enrollment and a second administration to show educational gain. For the list of approved standardized assessments and more information, read Division of Adult Education policy D.100 Adult Learner Assessment.
The Professional Development System offers several trainings and refreshers in administering standardized assessments and using the results to guide instruction. Log onto My Learning Plan to see the trainings and refreshers that will be offered. Dr. Lori Forlizzi is a content expert in assessment and she will help you with your assessment needs.
Dr. Lori Forlizzi
The updated Literacy Information and Communication Systems (LINCS) website has a resource collection and a discussion group regarding formative assessment.
_To join this Wiggio discussion group, please contact your lead consultant with your name and email address so you can be invited.
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