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Assessments by Mind Map: Assessments

1. Formative

1.1. Definition: These assessments are given during the learning process. This tells the teacher if they need to modify their teaching.

1.1.1. Exit Tickets These are given at the end of a day of instruction. After a lesson, students complete a task (question or quiz) before they leave to measure their understanding.

1.1.2. Think-Pair-Share This could be during a lesson or after. This is just a quick way to get students thinking about the content and a way for the teacher to see what they know.

2. Summative

2.1. Summative assessments occur at the end of the year or after a big chunk of instruction. It is to measure overall how much of the information the students retained or are retaining.

2.1.1. The STAAR test is a test that takes place at the end of a school year. It is over all of the TEKS or objectives that are supposed to be taught in that specific grade level. It scores the students as "does not meet, approaching, meeting, or masters."

2.1.2. Chapter Tests are given at the end of a chapter. The chapter may be taught over the course of several weeks and summed up all into one students to see what students have retained from the chapter.

3. Interim/Benchmark

3.1. Definition: These types of tests are given periodically in order to measure student achievement and are used to set goals for meeting standardized testing requirements.

3.1.1. Interim STAAR Exam This is a newer exam. It is given to students third grade and above their spring semester to predict how they will perform on their STAAR exams.

3.1.2. District Assessments District assessments are given during the last week of every six weeks. These test cover only what was taught the five weeks before the test. Based on these tests, teachers can see how well students are learning the information and can see where improvements need to be made in order to meet standardized testing goals.

4. Performance

4.1. Definition: This is where teachers can see what students are able to perform or show them. It is different than a typical test. The student is actually having to physically do something.

4.1.1. Debates are a way for students to show what they know actively. It is different than just reciting learned information, it is taking that information and applying it to form a stance.

4.1.2. Presentations are a way for students to present what they know and their knowledge to the teacher and/or class in a creative way. It opens up choices for students and makes them active in their learning.

5. Diagnostic

5.1. Definition: These types of assessments are given before a unit is taught. It gives an idea about the strengths and weaknesses of students and can tell the teacher where to mainly focus.

5.1.1. Pre-Assessment This could be given in many forms. Usually the teacher gives a few practice questions from the lessons in order to see how well the students do on it.

5.1.2. Quick Write Before a Unit This can also be used to help teachers see where there students are with the upcoming content. Instructing students to write what they already know can help the teacher save time when instructing to because they do not need to spend as much time on it.

6. H.O.T Questions

6.1. Opening

6.1.1. Based on our objective, what kind of experiment do you think we will be doing today?

6.1.2. The word force can be used in many ways. Have you heard it before? What does it mean?

6.2. Guiding

6.2.1. What would happen if you put two of the same poles on a magnet towards each other?

6.2.2. What are some differences between attraction and repulsion?

6.3. Closing

6.3.1. Based on our definition of force, is gravity a force? What makes it a force?

6.3.2. Based on our definition of force, is magnetism a force? What makes it a force?

7. Objective: observe forces such as magnetism and gravity acting on objects