Evaluation Of A Checklist Assessment

1538 WordsOct 20, 20167 Pages
Assessments play an important role in language development. Assessments allow teachers to become aware of children’s language competencies by using a variety of assessments, forms, and documentation to assess the child’s language. Assessments also play an important role in helping to diagnose and document developmental delays and specific language disorders. Assessments help teachers to plan appropriate learning activities, to respond to accountability concerns, and engage in periodic and on-going assessments. Purpose of Checklist “Checklists are composed of lists of characteristics or behaviors that are the focus of an observation” (Otto, 2014, p. 339). The purpose of a checklist assessment is to keep track of behaviors and developmental competencies. A checklist should note a child’s behavior that would be directly related to target characteristics by documenting your observations. A checklist also helps teachers to document a child’s early means of communicating. It is important to write down criteria or evidence that a student is and can demonstrate the outcome. Purpose of an Anecdotal Record “An anecdotal record is generally written in a narrative format, providing a descriptive account of language-related behaviors during a specified time” (Otto, 2014, p. 345). Anecdotal records focus more on general areas of language competency like vocabulary. Anecdotal records are open- ended and they are less structured. Anecdotal records are an effective way for teachers to
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