Selecting Appropriate Literacy Assessments for Students

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Assessment is a crucial aspect of literacy instruction, but choosing the right assessment makes all the difference. This lesson will cover how to select appropriate assessments for students.

Why Assessment Selection Matters

Mrs. Newhall has been teaching second grade for three years now, and she understands the importance of assessment in literacy instruction. Each year, Mrs. Newhall uses a general assessment mandated by her district to gauge the reading levels of the students in her class. The assessment results are helpful in a general way; using them, she can form solid guided reading groups, talk with families about students' strengths and struggles, and help match students with appropriate books for independent reading.

Yet Mrs. Newhall is also starting to understand the limitations of a general assessment. She often finds that after receiving the results, she still is not sure where best to go next in instructing an individual student. Mrs. Newhall does some research, and she learns that there are specific assessments or even parts of assessments that she might use in order to learn where exactly her instruction might benefit a student most.

The right assessment gives you a chance to get to know your students well.

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