Informal Assessments vs. Formal Assessments

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Informal Assessment - Formal
Assessment Grade Book
Weighting
August 21, 2014
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Agenda
• Background
• Definition of Informal and Formal Assessment
• Examples
• Group Activity
• Grade Book Setup
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Course Grading Criteria Shift:
All quizzes, tests, and projects will be graded according to the Belle
Vernon Area School District grading policy. Total points will be
accumulated for all evaluated efforts in this class rather than having
letter grades per each effort. The grading scale is as follows:
A
90-100
B
80-89
C
70-79
D
60-69
F
0-59
Emphasis will be on formal assessments. Therefore grades will be
weighted.
Formal Assessments will account for 90% of a student’s grade
(quizzes, tests, projects, performance-based rubrics, essays, graded
homework, etc.)
Informal Assessments will account for 10% of a student’s grade
(homework for completion, class participation, exit tickets, etc.)
Comparison of Grade Books:
Unweighted
AssignmentPts
Possible %
Homework 1
4
6
Homework 2
5
5
Homework 3
7
7
Homework 4
8
8
Homework 5
5
5
Homework 6
4
4
Homework 7
7
7
Homework 8
3
6
Homework 9
8
8
Homework 10 5
6
Test 1
25
50
Test 2
20
40
Test 3
28
50
Final
129
202 63.86%
Weighted 90/10
AssignmentPts
Possible
Homework 1
4
6 Homework Average
90.32%
Homework 2
5
5 Test Avg 52.14%
Homework 3
7
7
Homework 4
8
8
Homework 5
5
5 Category Weight AverageTotal Percen
Homework 6
4
4 Informal 10.00% 90.32% 9.03%
Homework 7
7
7 Formal
90.00% 52.14% 46.93%
Homework 8
3
6
Homework 9
8
8 Final
55.96%
Homework 10 5
6
Test 1
25
50
Test 2
20
40
Test 3
28
50
Definition of Informal Assessment
Remember, for the 14-15 School Year, we will all be grading utilizing
the 90% Formal Assessment /10% Informal Assessment Split
Informal Assessment
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.
How to plan future instruction so that student needs are met
How students should be grouped for instruction so that each
student receives instruction at the right level of difficulty
If instruction is being delivered at the right pace
Which students need individual support
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Definition of Formal Assessment
Remember, for the 14-15 School Year, we will all be grading utilizing
the 90% Formal Assessment /10% Informal Assessment Split
Formal Assessment
Formal assessments are systematic, preplanned methods of testing
students that are used to determine how well students have learned the
material that is being taught in the classroom. In other words, formal
assessments provide a way of answering the question, “What do the
students know?”
Each formal assessment has the same set of expectations for all of the students
who are taking the assessment. Each formal assessment also has specific criteria
used for scoring and interpretation.
The main purpose of formal assessment is to measure the amount of knowledge
that students have retained from what they have been previously taught.
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Examples of Assessments
Informal Assessments
Formal Assessments
Ungraded Homework
(Completion)
Graded Homework (For
Correctness)
Notebooks
Chapter Tests and Quizzes
Class Participation
Essay Tests
Ungraded Exit Slips
Projects
Concept Maps
Presentations
Class Votes or “Clicker”
Activities
Standardized Tests
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Grade Book Set Up
• Locate the correct tutorial for your machine on the BVA
Home Page (Note: you must be signed in to access Staff Resources)
• Open up a Class Roster within your Grade Book
• Follow the tutorial to correctly setup your Grade Book
•
(Note: you will need to set up the categories within each Class Roster)
• Mac
• PC
• Ask Questions!
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