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Using Evidence

Using Evidence to Guide Teaching and Learning - Previous Revision

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 within the discipline and of pedagogies that support such development. 

Whether you are a classroom teacher looking for 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

Close Reading: The Assessment-Instruction Connection (Grades 6-12)
December 10 at 5:00 p.m. EST with Scott Filkins

Close Reading: The Assessment-Instruction Connection (Grades 6-12)
(on demand web seminar)

Investigation: Using Evidence to Inform Practice: Feedback and Feed Forward (Grades 6-12)

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 ExchangeWorking in Concert to Strengthen Literacy Education Across the NationCollaborative tools, resources, and stories of groups on using evidence engaged in professional learning around literacy topics.


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

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Onsite Consulting Services

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 capacity building. 

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