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Every Teacher’s Guide to Assessment

It’s not a stretch to say that assessment is a hot button issue in education; however, you’d be hard pressed to find an educator who doesn’t see the value in measuring student progress. Assessments themselves have been vilified, when, in fact, it’s why assessments are given and how the data is used that is really the issue. The Glossary of Education Reform gives this great overview of what high-stakes testing is and how it impacts students, teachers, and schools. Basically, high-stakes testing has consequences for the test-takers and givers—sometimes in the form of a high school diploma, grade advancement, and even teachers’ salaries. But not all assessment is high-stakes, and when done thoughtfully, the right assessment can provide extremely useful information for all stakeholders—students, teachers, parents, schools, and policy-makers Let’s take a look at what assessment is, why it’s important, and how it can be delivered in the classroom in a useful manner. What is assessment? Scoring

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ETS Research: ELFA Assessment Forms The English Learner Formative Assessment (ELFA) includes a total of nine assessment forms with different levels of reading passages for Developing, Intermediate and Experienced readers. Each form consists of two reading texts, Part 1 and Part 2. Teachers might select any of the forms that are appropriate to their EL students. Three sample assessment forms — Forms 1, 4 and 8 — are available to download below. The remaining forms are available upon request by sending an email to the project director, Mikyung Kim Wolf ( Please download the accompanying Teacher's Versions of each form in order to use the assessment forms in your class.

Response Checklists Formative assessment: Response checklists I share my favorite quote from “A Tour Through the School: What to Look For” because it reflects my ultimate goal. I desire to create an environment where students talk about books just like adults do. I would never ask students to do any thing I would not do myself. Gone would be worksheets and literature circle roles and contrived assignments that force students to discuss in preconceived ways.

Linking Words — A complete List of English Connecting Words Linking & Connecting Words It is essential to understand how Linking Words, as a part of speech, can be used to combine ideas in writing - and thus ensure that ideas within sentences and paragraphs are elegantly connected - for the benefit of the reader. This will help to improve your writing (e.g. essay, comment, summary (scientific) review, (research) paper, letter, abstract, report, thesis, etc.). It is also fundamental to be aware of the sometimes subtle meaning of these "small" words within the English language. 12 Awesome Formative Assessment Examples Finding new and unique ideas for formative assessments is always a struggle. However, the team over at the Global Digital Citizen Foundation has some ideas in the following blog, originally posted on their site last April. Formative assessment tools used in the classroom provide critical feedback to teachers, helping them to monitor and modify their instruction methods and lesson plans.

ETS Research: English Learner Formative Assessment Project The English Learner Formative Assessment (ELFA) is a four-year research project that began in 2010. This project is funded by the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education (Grant No: R305A100724). TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Tools and Tactics to Measure Students’ Mastery of the Common Core Standards The Common Core State Standards (CCS) first appeared (or reared their ugly head, depending on your take) in 2009 as an initiative of the National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. A half-dozen states have yet to adopt the standards, which apply to English-language arts and mathematics (Next Generation Science Standards are indirectly related and cover science). The idea, at least, is a good one: Ensure high school students graduate either college- or career-ready. How that idea is carried out is yet another issue entirely. “The CCSS are an utter sham,” says a veteran educator who otherwise declined to comment for this article. These words seem to capture sentiments of more than a few educators.

Top 30 Funniest French Idioms ranked according to Absurdity Reading Time: 6 minutes. Oh, idioms. They can be such a bummer at times. Just when you think you already got the hang of a foreign language, idioms rear their crazy little heads and go: nah-uh! Not so fast! Imagine overhearing a French conversation that translates into something along the lines of: to arrive like a hair in the soup or to have an ass full of noodles. 50 Apps That Represent 50 New Ways To Learn – TeachThought 50 Apps That Represent 50 New Ways To Learn by TeachThought Staff Modern learning is in a state of flux as it struggles to find out what it wants to become.

Assessing ELLs The Internet TESLJournal By Laureen A. Fregeau and Robert D. Leierlfregeau{at} and rdl0002{at}auburn.eduUniversity of South Alabama (Mobile, Alabama), Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama, USA) Introduction One result of the Lau vs. Nichols 1974 Supreme Court Decision is that students who do not speak English as their first language must be provided instructional and assessment modifications so they have the opportunity to be academically successful (Ovando, Collier, & Combs, 2006).