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From the Current Issue:
Assessing Literacy LearningEnglish Teachers' Group Seeks to "Reclaim Assessment"
Curriculum Matters blog, Education Week, March 3, 2015
SEEKING More Participants for the Assessment Story Project: NCTE continues to collect stories from educators about their experiences with assessment. We're using the stories to help shape the way we think and talk about assessment and hopefully to create change the way others do as well. You can take our survey anonymously. Would you take a few minutes to share your thoughts on this survey?
LISTEN to Education Talk Radio Wednesday, March 4, at 10:30 a.m. ET: NCTE Assessment Task Force Chair Kathleen Blake Yancey will talk about assessment and NCTE's Assessment Story Project.
JOIN Assessment Experts Kathleen Blake Yancey and Kathryn Mitchell Pierce Wednesday, March 4, at 8:00 p.m. ET: Tune in on NCTEonAir and on Twitter at #ncteonair to learn about NCTE's Assessment Story Project that's putting teachers' voices front and center in the testing debate. The stories we're collecting help us to consider what assessment must look like today If we want our students to be ready for the future.
TAKE A LOOK AT what participants in the February 15, 2015, #nctechat had to say: "How Should Literacy Learning Be Assessed?"
A Coach with the Heart of an English Teacher
NCTE member David Perrin notes the difference between process and product that is most acute in standardized testing. Education Week, February 24, 2015
CHECK OUT this free chapter, "Seeking Truth, Considering Consequences: Getting into Students' Heads through Inquiry-Based Assessment" from Beyond Standardized Truth: Improving Teaching and Learning through Inquiry-Based Reading Assessment.
Taking What We Know about Literacy Education to Policymakers
NCTE Urges Congress to Fund and Encourage Assessments for Learning and Innovation in Assessment for Accountability
As part of this Thursday's Literacy Education Advocacy Day "asks."
CAN'T ATTEND IN PERSON? WRITE! Use this letter to tell Congress that literacy should be a priority in federal support for education and ask Congress to include the following in education legislation: March Is Literacy Education Advocacy Month
Follow the calendar of activities on the Literacy & NCTE blog.
CHECK OUT daily posts about advocating for literacy on the NCTE & Literacy blog. For example:
"Where NCTE Stands in 2015," March 1, 2015
"How Do We Decide What to Advocate For?" March 2, 2015
"How Do I Advocate?" March 3, 2015
Take a Look at the NCTE Policy Analysis Initiative for reports on what's happening in the states.
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