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Formative Assessment: Focus on Reading
Formative Assessment That
Informs Instruction, written by the NCTE Task Force on Assessment, reminds us that teachers and administrators together can choose and create tools and strategies that will truly inform practice, support students, and improve learning. The following resources from NCTE, NCLE, and share information on formative assessment in the area of reading.

Reading Assessment: Artful Teachers, Successful StudentsThrough case studies of individual students and portraits of elementary classrooms, editor Diane Stephens and colleagues explore how artful pre-K–5 teachers come to know their students through assessment and use that knowledge to customize reading instruction in Reading Assessment: Artful Teachers, Successful Students.

Beyond Standardized Truth: Improving Teaching and Learning through Inquiry-Based Reading AssessmentIn Beyond Standardized Truth: Improving Teaching and Learning through Inquiry-Based Reading Assessment, Scott Filkins brings us 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.

Like all titles in the Literacy Assessment strand of NCTE's Principles in Practice imprint, the books mentioned above are based on the IRA/NCTE Standards for the Assessment of Reading and Writing, Revised Edition, which outlines the elements of high-quality literacy assessment.

In the Web seminar Using Formative Reading Assessment to Enhance Content Area Learning, the presenters share practical tools to gather information about students as readers and about instructional responses that promote increased understanding of subject matter. (This recording is available at no charge.)

Watch!Watch how a teacher monitors reading progress.

"Formative Assessment and the Common Core: Blending the Best in Assessment," from Voices from the Middle, describes the importance of combining formative assessment with the Common Core State Standards and illustrates ways to plan and manage this union.

Effective differentiation begins with purposeful assessment. In this strategy guide from, 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.

"Rethinking Adolescent Reading Assessment: From Accountability to Care," from English Journal, explores the balance of responsibility for effective formative reading assessment between classroom teachers and the curricular structure within which they work.

The NCTE Online Professional Development Investigation "Using Evidence to Inform Practice: Feedback and Feed Forward" will allow you to explore the core principle that improving student learning requires purposeful observation and inquiry, allowing you to make informed decisions about practices and interventions.

See also "Getting Started with Questions about Using Evidence to Guide Teaching Literacy in Learning Exchangeand Learning," on the NCLE Literacy in Learning Exchange website.

Interested in more? Take a look at these "Formative Assessment Illustrations & Examples."

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