Assesses Student Learning

Assessment of student learning in recent years has fortunately begun to shift in focus from wholly summative assessments to a combination of formative and summative assessments by which the teacher can discern the development of the student’s learning. This places equal responsibility on the teacher (in terms of keeping track of the students growth and skill development) and the student (to recognize points at which their efforts have not satisfactorily produced the skill). Some examples of both the formative and summative assessments that I have used in my classroom are listed below:

Formative:

  • Tweets from characters
  • Facebook Profiles of characters
  • Grammar reviews
  • Drafts of Papers
  • Journals
  • Reading Responses

Summative:

  • Grammar quizzes
  • Final copy of Personal Narrative
  • Final presentation

Further, the use of data is becoming incredibly important in today’s classroom. I was very fortunate to be able to learn about the use of data in my Internship placement school through the school’s Literacy Lab. In Literacy lab, an intervention for Tier 3 students, students scores on MAZE (a reading fluency test) and MEAP tests are utilized in order to narrow the needs  for intervention and the specifics of what that intervention will look like (reading fluency, word recognition, phonetic pronunciation, etc.).

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