**Checklists**

**Description:**

A checklist is a tool that allows teachers and students to gather information regarding demonstration of specific criteria related to a learning outcome. Usually the checklist is in a yes/no format, and therefore is very quick and easy to use, offering information at a glance. A checklist may be used to record observations of an individual, a group or a whole class.

Unlike a rubric, which offers a continuum of achievement descriptions, a checklist is a list of components. It is most suitable for tasks or observations that have a definitive answer – either the criteria are met or not met. Checklists can be used by an observer (typically an educator, but could be another student) or as a self-assessment tool.

Following is an example of a checklist, taken from a Grade One sample outcome assessment . ^{1}

Upper elementary or high school teachers and students may find checklists particularly useful when assessing math projects. Checklists may be a type of formative assessment, for example, has the student included the required elements of the project, listed in the checklist. The following example is a checklist that could be used for a game design project. Additional checklists could be developed and used when a teacher observes students playing the math game, with the items on the checklist corresponding to the objectives of the math game.

Further reading/Professional resources:

- Checklists and Achievement charts
^{2}– this article comes from the Learning Disabilities 2 Association of Ontario, and provides information about the particular usefulness of checklists for students with learning disabilities, although the information is applicable for all students.

^{1}Sample Math Outcome Questions (Blackboard). (n.d.). Retrieved 18 December 2020, from https://www.edonline.sk.ca/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?course_id=_2869_1&content_id=_355866_1

^{2}Lauzon, N. Checklists and Achievement Charts for Students with Learning Disabilities. Retrieved 18 December 2020, from https://www.ldatschool.ca/checklists-achievement-charts/

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