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Using Evidence

Using Evidence to Guide Teaching and Learning

Formative assessment is the lived, daily embodiment of a teacher's desire to refine practice based on a keener understanding of current levels of student performance, undergirded by the teacher's knowledge of possible paths of student development. (from the NCTE Position Statement "Formative Assessment that Truly Informs Instruction")

Whether you are an educator looking for classroom ideas or responsible for leading professional learning on formative assessment, we invite you to learn from and with the thousands of educators that call NCTE home.



Books & Journals

Taking Inquiry to Scale: An Alternative to Traditional Approaches to Education ReformBeyond Standardized Truth: Improving Teaching and Learning through Inquiry-Based Reading Assessment

English Journal"Knowing Better: Examining Assessment"
English Journal
, September 2013


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Online Learning

Supporting Adolescent Readers through Classroom-based Assessment (On Demand) (On Demand Web Seminar)

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Research & Position Statements

NCTE Statements

Formative Assessment that Truly Informs Instruction

NCTE Framework for 21st Century Curriculum and Assessment

Framing Statements on Assessment

NCTE Position Statement on Machine Scoring


National Center for Literacy Education

Literacy in Learning Exchange

Working in Concert to Strengthen Literacy Education Across the Nation…Collaborative tools, resources, and groups engaged in professional learning around literacy topics such as using evidence to inform practice


ReadWriteThink provides instructional practices and digital resources that support effective reading and language arts instruction for all learners. 

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Sometimes access to high quality resources isn’t enough.  NCTE offers onsite consulting services on a range of topics associate with decision-making about Common Core Standards and using evidence to inform instruction. 

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