Formal vs Informal Assessments

Formal vs Informal Assessments
Formal Assessments
Scores/ results
Can compare results to other students
Results
School readiness
Students had less negative
attitudes about assessments
Postive Factors
Pros
Cons
Results
Undergraduate Students
All students plan to use informal assessments
as well as formal.
Negative factors
Limited attention span
Test ability not perfomance
Time consuming
Costly
Only snapshots of development
Informal Assessment
Nonstandardized
No score
Observing and interviewing
Normal classroom environment
No comparing to other students
Can be done by itself or with informal
assessment.
Through formal testing the student is given a
score that shows the abilities and lack there
of.
Curriculum individualized to meet the needs
of the student
Influence to use formal assessments may
come from content and objectives in
undergraduate subject of evaluation and
assessment.
Have more negative attitudes about
assessments than other group
Formal assessment for more
accurate results of child
development
Standardized testing
Most students stated they would only use
formal assessments if a problem was
evident.
Too inaccurate
Results show that both groups have concerns
about assessments.
Early childhood participators ECP
Most used formal assessments
27% did not use formal assessments
Labels children
I'm a dog. Seriously.
Testing to complex for young children
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