Using appropriate assessment measures can help you identify a student's individual learning needs. Throughout the year, you may want to use the Informal Assessment Checklists (Group Format) in the Teacher's Book and the individual format included in this handbook on page 104 to find out where each student's strengths and learning needs stand in relation to your instructional goals and each student's personal learning goals. The information you gather with the Informal Assessment Checklists can help you identify common learning needs among students, assess individual needs, and develop future instructional plans to meet these needs.
As you consider how to assess learning in your classroom, include appropriate procedures and activities for learners with special needs. For example, students acquiring English may require different approaches to an activity, such as writing a response in their primary language. Providing more than one option allows students to select the best way to show what they have learned. See Part 13 of this handbook for a more in-depth look at assessing students acquiring English.
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