Assessing Literacy Learning
Parents, Teachers Opting In to "Opt Out"
The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 16, 2015
Time to Shift the Debate on Standardized Testing
NCTE member Scott Filkins writes. Literacy & NCTE blog, February 20, 2015
What Teachers Are Saying about Formative Assessment and Professional Learning
More from Scott Filkins. Literacy in Learning Exchange, February 12, 2015
Formative assessment resources are being shared and conversations are occurring actively in Using Evidence to Guide Teaching and Learning -- Spring 2015 Cohort and Word Study for Greater Academic Achievement from the Literacy in Learning Exchange.
Latest from the Assessment Storytelling Project
Matt, who teaches low-performing students at a rural, under-resourced college, talks about why he believes "standardized testing should never be used as the sole determinant of anything: We administer the COMPASS test to incoming students who haven't taken the ACT. Several students originally scored very low on the exam. But when I sat down with them for 30 minutes and explained comma rules, they retook the test and every one of them scored in the 90s percentile. That indicates to me that the test is a poor measure of the writing skills but an excellent measure of their knowledge of comma rules. Literacy should never be equated with grammar skills."
There is still time to give us your assessment story!
Listen to Kathleen Blake Yancey, chair of the NCTE Task Force on Assessment and former NCTE president, talk about "The NCTE Assessment Story Project: What Teachers Tell Us about Assessment's Impact on Learning" on Education Talk Radio, Wednesday, March 4, 10:30 a.m. ET.
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. Literacy & NCTE blog, February 24, 2015
Also from the Assessment Storytelling Project
Tziri, who teaches in a 9-12 urban school, notes, "Portfolio assessment really helps me to get an inside look into my students' learning. I believe that if more people understood the benefits of authentic assessment and the terrible costs of standardized, high-stakes assessment, we could effectively transform education and the learning experience in our school. I think that cumulative portfolio assessment can and should be used in our school across the board. I also think that students should be more involved in their own assessment."
Why Grading Student Writing Takes So Much Time (for Me, Anyway)
Inside Higher Ed, February 18, 2015
Advocating for Literacy
Join NCTE Past President Ernest Morrell (@ernestmorrell) and NCTE Director of Policy Research and Development Darren Cambridge (@dcambrid) on #nctechat on Sunday, March 15, at 8:00 p.m. ET, to explore the question, "What does it mean to advocate for literacy?"
Literacy Education Advocacy Day, March 5, Washington, DC
It's not too late to register!
Participants will ask members of Congress to
Fund and encourage assessments for learning and innovation in assessment for accountability.
Dedicate funding for comprehensive literacy programs and for professional learning.
Build the capacity of high-needs schools.
Watch next week’s INBOX for how you can be involved from home.
Saving School Choice without Undermining Poor Communities
The Atlantic, February 14, 2015
More Conflict over Cutting Federal Role in Education
The New York Times, February 24, 2015
Making Literacy Live
Toward the End of African American Read-In Month
Making Black Voices Visible and Supporting Them
See the video and photos. The Herald News, February 19, 2015
Ninth Annual African American Read-In Held at UNI
See the photos from the event. Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, February 20, 2015
How 3 Educators Use Tech to Teach History
SmartBlog on Education, SmartBrief, February 16, 2015
Looking toward Read Across America Day on March 2
Get Ready to Celebrate Read Across America Day!
Literacy & NCTE blog, February 23, 2015
When celebrating this day and the 25th anniversary of Dr. Seuss's Oh, the Places You'll Go, broaden the book choices for students as the Resolution on the Need for Diverse Children's and Young Adult Books recommends.
Watch this inspiring Freedom to Read Week video made by Calgary Science School's Julia and Danika, who won the Calgary Public Library Teen Freedom to Read Week Video contest.
"Precocious Knowledge: Using Banned Books to Engage in a Youth Lens"
NCTE member Alyssa D. Niccolini writes. English Journal, January 2015
Wes Moore shares a letter he wrote in response to his book, The Other Wes Moore.
Talking about Boys and Learning
NCTE member Ezra Hyland speaks.
A Fight to the End Paper: SLJ’s Battle of the Kids' Books 2015
School Library Journal, February 10, 2015
Right Book, Right Reader, Right Time
NCTE member Teri Lesesne is the woman who LOVES YA literature. The Council Chronicle, March 2012
Thinking about College Level Composition and Communication
English 101 vs. English 102
Inside Higher Ed, February 15, 2015