Mini Challenge 6

Turning point anywhere software– for this form of assessment, the teacher is able to create their own questions on their computer, and open up a poll to allow their students to respond to the questions while using clickers. This is such a vital tool to use as a teacher because it allows you to create your own questions and focus on the specific material that you are interested in collecting data on. It also allows you to see what percent of the class had answered the individual questions incorrectly or accurately instantly, so you can get immediate feedback. This tool is also very helpful because it can be a quick form of an assessment, just to see where your class stands regarding the material you are covering, without making them take a standard, long written exam. This helps you as a teacher to not waste time re-teaching the material that your class already knows, and to be able to spend more time on the material they are struggling with.

Discovery education assessment– This is a good assessment because if mirrors each states high-stakes tests and can accurately predict student proficiency and mastery. This allows the teachers to compare the students success across a large number of people, and see where they stand compared to students across the world. Similar to the way the other assessments are valuable, this assessment allows teachers to use the time that they have to work on the areas that they students need help in, which they can find from these tests, and not waste it on the topics that they already have an understanding for.

Individual student report– This report does a very good job clearly marking where each individual student stands in reference to common core standards. It is color coded rather they are below, meet or exceed standards, and what subject it is in. That helps the teacher know which students need extra help in a specific subject area to prevent them from continuing to fall behind. This also provides a growth comparison graph to schools and districts, and a scale score, which helps the teachers know where their students are standing and the growth that they are making so they know what they are doing well or if it is not working and they need to change the way they are teaching.  

Excel/data analysis– This is a great form a technology to help you enter the data that you have received, track progress, and compare it to the other students in your class. As all of these tools have provided, it allows the teacher to pinpoint the area of struggle so they can focus on that and help their students succeed. Overall, these assessments all help, as I have stated before, the teacher get fast results as to where their students are succeeding and what they do not need to waste their time on, and then where their students are struggling and spend the time they have on that. These also allow the teachers to talk to each other about the teaching techniques that they are using, and seeing what is working and asking for suggestions that may help them better their own instruction and students.

Dibels– For this form of assessment, you are able to record a student who is reading a specific passage, and see how many words they have read correctly compared to the amount of mistakes they had made in reading the specific passage. This is a very helpful form of assessment for teachers and their students because you are able to see where the student stands with reading, and also compare it to the other students that you have tested in your class. It is also very beneficial because you are able to re-listen and or pause the recording to make sure you have caught all of the errors and have heard everything accurately. This allows a teacher to see where their students are succeeding in reading and what types of things they need more practice on.

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