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Literacy Assessment Informs Instruction

Quality assessment is a process of inquiry.
It requires gathering information and setting conditions so that the classroom, school, and community become centers of inquiry where students, teachers, and other stakeholders can examine their learning—individually and collaboratively—and find ways to improve their practice.

NCTE Formative Assessment StatementNEW from NCTE:
Formative Assessment that Truly Informs Instruction

A Round-Up of Thoughts from the NCTE Chat on Formative Assessment

What Does It Look Like to Assess Literacy Learning in Your Classroom? 
If you haven't shared your perspective for the NCTE Assessment Story Project, please do. And check out some pictures of literacy assessment shared by our members. If you're willing to share your work publicly, please send images with a brief explanation to @nctegram. Read more on the Literacy & NCTE blog, February 24, 2015


Hear Kathleen Blake Yancey talk about the response from K-20 educators to the NCTE Assessment Story Project (Education Talk Radio interview, March 4, 2015)


Illustrations & Examples

Finding Children’s Strengths: Assessment as a Thinking Process (book chapter)

Hit the Mark with Digital Media Exit Cards, Levinson's blog, August 20, 2013

Developing Content Area Understanding through Reading and Assessment (book chapter)

Authentic Assessment in Action, Wilbert's blog, April 19, 2013

Daily Assessment with Tiered Exit Cards, Teaching Channel  



Scott FilkinsCathy Fleischer

 "Can Classroom Assessments of Student Growth Be Credibly Used to Evaluate Teachers?" English Journal, September 2013 

Making the Reading Process Visible through Performance Assessment (6-12 Strategy Guide)

Tracking and Supporting Student Learning with Kidwatching (K-8 Strategy Guide)

Taking the Reins of Writing Assessment  (February 6, 2015)  interview with Chris Gallagher and Eric Turley



Professional Learning Opportunities

Close Reading: The Assessment-Instruction Connection (On Demand Web seminar)

Differentiated Assessment and Grading: Fair Isn't Always Equal (On Demand Web Seminar)

See additional On Demand Web seminars on assessment



NCTE Standards & Positions

Formative Assessment that Truly Informs Instruction

Standards for the Assessment of Reading & WritingStandards for the Assessment of Reading and Writing

NCTE Framework for 21st Century Curriculum and Assessment

Framing Statements on Assessment

NCTE Position Statement on Machine Scoring



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