Examples of Pre-Assessment Strategies

"Assessment is today's means of modifying tomorrow's instruction."
Carole Tomlinson

Pre-assessment: a way to determine what students know about a topic before it is taught. It should be used regularly in all curricular areas.

Examples of Pre-assessment Strategies:

  1. Anticipation journals
  2. Concept Maps
  3. DRA/Running Records
  4. Drawing related to topic or content
  5. Entrance or Exit cards
  6. Game activities
  7. Guess Box
  8. Informational surveys/Questionnaires/Inventories
  9. Initiating activities
10. Interest survey
11.  KWL charts and other graphic organizers
12.  Open-ended Questioning
13.  Picture Interpretation
14.  Portfolio analysis
15.  Prediction

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16.  Self-evaluations
17.  Standardized test information
18.  Student demonstrations and discussions
19.  Student interviews
20.  Student products and work samples
21.  Table Top discussions
22.  Teacher observation/checklists
23.  Teacher prepared pretests
24.  Traditional tests
25.  Writing prompts/samples or any Pre-writing activity