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Measuring for understanding


I am a kindergarten teacher and a grad student. We are working on forming assessments and what the best ways for measuring deep comprehension and reasoning skills in assessments are. I’m wondering if any other kinder teachers out there use multiple-choice or binary-choice items in their assessments? Although I practice these ways of assessing with my students if I’m checking for deep understanding I usually do so in a one on one situation so I can really watch the child.

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Hi Kellie,

Heidi Echternacht @hechternacht gave the following advice on Twitter with 3 tweets. Join her for #kinderchat Mondays at 9PM EST. I think her and the #kinderchat group would be a great resource for you!

-no multiple choice tests for comprehension for Kinders. Still trying to dissect the exact q. use observational/anecdotal/drawings

-I use story re telling, acting out performances as comprehension assessment. can they manipulate/adapt/relate the story?

-can tell by watching at play too- levels of evolved play habits- indicates understanding/engagement of whats going on in scenarios


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