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Private: Teaching Reading: 3-5 Workshop

Assessment and Accountability Reflect on Your Learning | Assessment and Accountability

What Did You Learn?


Consider what you have learned about assessment practices from Professor Au’s comments, the classroom examples, and the activities in this session. Write a summary what you have learned. Use the questions below to guide your thinking. When you have finished, save your written work to submit as an assignment and, if you are taking this workshop for credit, include it in your Literacy Practices Portfolio.

  • Which classroom assessment practices most closely reflect what you do or would like to do?
  • What are the challenges you face in implementing effective classroom assessment?
  • What changes will you make to address those challenges?
  • How can you prepare your students for high-stakes testing within your curriculum and instruction goals?
  • How will you use the ideas from this workshop to improve your assessment of students’ literacy learning?

Final Project

If you are taking this workshop for credit, complete the next section of the Literacy Practices Portfolio.

Create a Literacy Practices Portfolio



In this activity, you will continue to build your portfolio of instructional practices. When you have finished, save your written work to submit as an assigment. Your portfolio for this workshop will include the following:

  • current practices in place in your classroom
  • changes you would like to make
  • a description of one change you have implemented
  • evidence of student learning

1. Current practices

Include your Assessment Chart from What Do You Do? Then, describe how you assess reading and writing throughout the day. Consider the following questions:

  • How often do you assess your students’ reading and writing?
  • How do you provide feedback to your students on their reading and writing?
  • How do you determine your students’ vocabulary strengths and needs?
  • How do you assess comprehension and response to reading?
  • Describe the routines in place to assure ongoing assessment of reading and writing (e.g., How do you decide which students to assess?).
  • How do you document your students’ growth in reading and writing throughout the year?
  • How do you share the results of your assessments with students and parents?
  • How do you use the results to plan instruction?

2. Changes you would like to make

Include your written response from What Did You Learn?

3. One change you have implemented

a. Make a change

Choose one instructional change that you described in What Did You Learn? to implement now. What is your thinking behind making this change? Describe the change in detail and explain how it will be implemented (e.g., an instructional practice, a lesson plan, a plan for modeling a strategy, etc.). What are the expected outcomes for student learning? Design a lesson plan and implement this change.

b. Reflect on the change

Write a brief reflection about what worked when you implemented this change and what you will change the next time you teach this lesson. (If you are taking this workshop during the summer, describe the learning goals and expected outcomes of this change.)

4. Evidence of student learning

In this section of your portfolio, you will submit evidence documenting student learning. Select one student whom you have assessed in reading or writing. Include two to three performance samples and a record of your assessment. Write a paragraph describing the student’s performance and the instruction you will use to improve it. Listed below are possible pieces of evidence:

  • a rubric with sample attached
  • anecdotal records
  • a retelling with tape recording or retelling form
  • results of informal reading assessment
  • Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA)
  • Qualitative Reading Inventory (QRI)
  • a piece of writing with student self-assessment

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Private: Teaching Reading: 3-5 Workshop


Produced by WGBH Educational Foundation. 2006.
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  • ISBN: 1-57680-815-7