Informal and Formal Assessments

Informal and Formal Assessments for Literacy and Writing

Memo:  This is an example of a Power Point on Informal and Formal Assessments which has been converted to a video.  This is an example of a expository multi-media publication for professional development to engage the learner instead of an essay about assessments. 


Weaver, B. Formal vs. Informal Assessment.
An article to provide an overview of the two general categories of assessments.

Formal and Informal Methods of Assessing Reading Development.
A power point document provides defining terms of assessments and type of instruments for student reading assessments.

The Access Center: Improving Outcomes for All Students K-8. (2005). Early Reading Assessment: A Guiding Tool for Instruction. The Access Center: Washington DC.
A comprehensive list of current commercial products promoted for assessing student reading achievement.

What Are the Different Forms of Authentic Assessment?  Houghton Mifflin Company, 1997.

Editorial Projects in Education Research Center. (2011, September 19). Issues A-Z: No Child Left Behind. Education Week. Retrieved from  An article describing the implications of No Child Left Behind.

Edutopia. Sept. 4. 2015 No Child Left Behind means Standards Based Assessment Exams 
This video described the standards based assessment exams promoted by No Child Left Behind.

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding July 30, 2014
An article and list of 53 methods a teacher can use for formative assessment of student understanding.

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