Reading Comprehension Conundrum

I continue to experience the same problem with each reading assessment that I assign, and I am wondering if anyone else experiences it as well and/or has input and suggestions. When I administer a reading assessment, I make absolutely certain that it is comprehensible to my students. If there are any words that my students…

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Universal Screener: Writing

OVERVIEW: In the RTI (Response to Instruction/Intervention) framework, there are five categories of assessments: outcome measures, universal screeners, progress monitoring assessments, diagnostic assessments, and informal assessments. Each kind of assessment plays an important role in determining each student’s abilities, strengths, and weaknesses in whatever content they are meant to assess. At the middle school that…

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Spanish A Final Exam

This is the final exam that my Spanish A students took today: Spanish A Final Exam 2012 I am not proud of it because it isn’t particularly academic–there is no cultural/real aspect to it–but it was somewhat student generated, which I think is a good thing. Both reading sections were free writes written by students in…

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Accurate Assessments

I was thinking this morning about how challenging it really is to design accurate assessments. There are so many variables that affect a student’s performance on any given assessment that it is really quite difficult to control all but the one that you wish to assess. Because I use Standards Based Grading (since it gives…

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