1. Tennessee teachers can complete an online course on formative assessment offered by Battelle For Kids
that will help guide the development and implementation of high quality formative assessment across content areas and grade levels. This course offers 9 topics: (1) Introduction to the Formative Assessment Instruction Course, (2) Professional Learning Teams, (3) Overview of Assessment for Learning, (4) An Introduction to the 5 Keys of Quality Assessment, (5) Clear Learning Targets, (6) Sound Assessment Design, (7) Communication for Learning, (8) Student Ownership: A Critical Piece, and (9) Actionable Strategies: Putting it All Together.
2. “How and Why do I Assess?”
from a K-1 teacher
3. Overview of the four types
of reading assessments in a standards-based reading program.
4. A two page list of Pre-K and K Emergent Literacy Skills Assessments
5. An Introduction to Comprehensive Assessment
and High Expectations: Students Learn to Rise to the Occasion
Although these two videos are not directly related to asking and answering questions, they provide a good overview of the assessment process in elementary grades. See also Battelle for Kids, under at the “assessment” tab.
6. Critical elements of literacy assessment
– Elementary School (Florida Center for Reading Research website)
7. At this location, site visitors can explore Ongoing Student Assessment
, including using universal screening, monitoring student progress, and data-based decision making. Although focused on RTI, much of the information at this site Is applicable beyond RTI implementation.
8. Response to Intervention
. Commercial assessments that specifically assess students’ ability to ask and answer questions about unknown words in text have not been identified. In the absence this type of assessment, teachers can develop their own informal assessment—perhaps, lists of new words that, after guided practice, can be used to determine whether or not students can ask questions about the words on the list. This type of informal, oral assessment should probably be conducted in small groups. The following website provides programs that teachers can use to develop their own informal assessments based on the curriculum they are teaching (CBMs). (View the Tools section)
9. As component of the “intervention central” website is the CBM Warehouse
. This area provides information on commercially produced curriculum-based measurements in reading.
10. The Southeast Educational Laboratory
has developed a rating of 78 reading assessments that can be used in grades pre-K through third.
11. The National Center on Response to Intervention
has established a standard process to evaluate the scientific rigor of commercially available tools and interventions that can be used in an RTI context