To prepare for this workshop session, you will review the key terms, identify the strategies that you already use, and then read three articles on effective assessment practices.
What Do You Do?
Meaningful learning occurs when teachers routinely assess student performance and use the results of those assessments to plan instruction that meets the needs of the range of learners in their classrooms. Think about how you assess your students' performance and growth in reading and writing. Print the Assessment Chart (PDF) to outline your assessment practices and the challenges (performing and interpreting assessments, finding enough time, etc.) you encounter. Think about these questions before completing the chart:
- What do you want to know about your students' reading and writing?
- What formal and informal assessments do you currently use to determine your students' reading levels and instructional needs?
- How do you use assessment results?
Now complete the Assessment Chart to document the assessments you use to measure the various components of reading development and the challenges each poses for you. If you are taking this workshop for credit, save your chart for your Literacy Practices Portfolio.
Examine the Literature
Print out three copies of the Examine the Literature Response Chart (PDF). Then read each article listed below, recording your ideas on the charts during and after reading. When you have finished, save your charts to submit as an assignment.
Focused Anecdotal Records Assessment: A Tool for Standards-Based, Authentic Assessment (PDF)
This article describes routines and guidelines for using content standards as a focus for developing anecdotal records.
Boyd-Batstone, P. "Focused Anecdotal Records Assessment: A Tool for Standards-Based, Authentic Assessment." The Reading Teacher 56, no. 3 (2004): 230-239.
Literacy Assessment and the Future (PDF)
This article focuses on the kinds of literacies that are important to acquire and assess in our rapidly changing world.
Johnston, P. "Literacy Assessment and the Future." The Reading Teacher 58, no. 7 (2005): 684-686.
Assessment Conversations (PDF)
This article explores how teachers can engage in conversations with students that inform teaching and learning.
Johnston, P. "Assessment Conversations." The Reading Teacher 57, no. 1 (2003): 90-92.
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