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NCTE INBOX 7-23-13

"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." -- IRA-NCTE Standards for the Assessment of Reading and Writing, Revised Edition (2009)

Principles in Practice imprint from NCTEYou're probably familiar with the IRA-NCTE Standards for the Assessment of Reading and Writing, but did you know that these standards have also inspired three books as part of the Principles in Practice imprint?

Beyond Standardized Truth: Improving Teaching and Learning through Inquiry-Based Reading AssessmentIn Beyond Standardized Truth, Scott Filkins brings readers into his and colleagues' classrooms to demonstrate how high school teachers across the disciplines can engage in inquiry-based reading assessment to support student learning. This book will be the focus of a free, two-week book club on Facebook beginning July 29. Take a look at the sample chapter, "Confessions of an Unprincipled Reading Assessor."

View the archived Web seminar Using Formative Reading Assessment to Enhance Content Area Learning in which Scott shares practical tools to gather information about students as readers, as well as instructional responses that promote increased understanding of subject matter. Check out these similar Web seminars: Addressing Common Core Standards (without Letting Them Take Over Your Curriculum) and Supporting Adolescent Readers through Classroom-Based Assessment.

Listen to author Scott Filkins talk about ideas from his book with Principles in Practice imprint editor Cathy Fleischer.

Effective differentiation begins with purposeful assessment. In the strategy guide "Making the Reading Process Visible through Performance Assessment," you'll learn how to construct an authentic performance-based reading assessment that will give you access to students' thinking before, during, and after reading.

Stay tuned for next month, when we will look at formative assessment!


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