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Formal vs Informal Assessments by Mind Map: Formal vs Informal Assessments
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Formal vs Informal Assessments

Testing to complex for young children

I'm a dog. Seriously.

Labels children

Early childhood participators ECP

Most used formal assessments

27% did not use formal assessments

Results show that both groups have concerns about assessments.

Too inaccurate

Most students stated they would only use formal assessments if a problem was evident.

Standardized testing

Formal assessment for more accurate results of child development

Have more negative attitudes about assessments than other group

Influence to use formal assessments may come from content and objectives in undergraduate subject of evaluation and assessment.

Curriculum individualized to meet the needs of the student

Through formal testing the student is given a score that shows the abilities and lack there of.

Can be done by itself or with informal assessment.

Informal Assessment


No score

Observing and interviewing

Normal classroom environment

No comparing to other students

Negative factors

Limited attention span

Test ability not perfomance

Time consuming


Only snapshots of development


Undergraduate Students



Postive Factors


School readiness

Students had less negative attitudes about assessments

Formal Assessments

Scores/ results

Can compare results to other students