Literacy for ME: Toolkit

Ongoing Monitoring and Assessment

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Grades K- Adult

Foundational Research

Linking Classroom Assessment with Student Learning

This document outlines the essential aspects of using assessment to improve instruction, and ultimately, student learning outcomes. It defines key terms, provides concepts to consider, and gives recommendations to stakeholders about how to use assessment effectively.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, School board, Adult educator

Grades K- Adult

Purposes and Types of Assessments: Methods of Assessment

A Balanced Assessment System

This report, released by the West Virginia Department of Education, focuses on the use of formative assessment to improve student learning outcomes. It outlines creating a balanced assessment system.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, School board

Grades K- Adult

Foundational Research

Inclusive Design for Maximum Accessibility: A Practical Approach to Universal Design

This literature review bridges the concepts of universal design for learning and for assessment. It provides a brief historical account and then discusses practical applications for assessment specifically.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, School board

Grades K- Adult

Purposes and Types of Assessments: Methods of Assessment

West Virginia DOE: Formative Assessment Examples

The West Virginia Department of Education released an extensive list with active links on the types of formative assessments with examples. Other links include more general information about formative assessments.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, District, School board, Adult educator

Grades K- Adult

Purposes and Types of Assessments: Methods of Assessment

Classroom Assessment Techniques

This printable resource contains “easy to use classroom assessment techniques” collated and released by the University of Texas.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, District, School board, Adult educator

Grades 6- Adult (Specific focus on Grades 6-8)

Purposes and Types of Assessments: Methods of Assessment

Assessments in the Classroom

The Association for Middle Education outlines the critical elements of assessment, both formative and summative, and provides resources for additional information. The website link allows users to explore other resources related to instruction, while the PDF version links right to the content of the report.

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Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, District, School board

Grades 6- Adult (Specific focus on Grades 6-8)

Purposes and Types of Assessments: Methods of Assessment

Formative and Summative Assessments in the Classroom

This document outlines two categories of assessment--formative and summative. These terms are defined and examples are provided for each.

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Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, District, School board

Grades K-12

Types of Assessment

Screening Tools as Assessments

This Response to Instruction and Intervention website provides a thorough list of screening tools. Users can search the chart by grade level or subject area. Each assessment is linked to additional information about use, accommodations available, cost etc.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, Adult educator

Grades K-12

Types of Assessment

Universal Screening

This website outlines the use of universal screening to identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes. Information about the use of screening assessments is provided on the Response to Instruction site.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, District, Parents or family members

Grades K-12

Types of Assessment

Progress Monitoring as Assessments

Similar to the link above, this one addresses progress monitoring assessments. Additional information is provided about each assessment. Stakeholders can use this information to make informed decisions about which assessments to use with students.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, Adult educator

Grades K-12

Types of Assessment

Progress Monitoring as Assessments

Progress monitoring assessments provide information about student performance over time and can inform the instruction provided. This website describes progress monitoring assessments.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, District

Grades K-12

Types of Assessment: University of Oregon

Identifying Types of Assessments

This website describes the different types of assessments and provides additional information about DIBELS and creating a school-wide assessment plan.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, District, Adult educator

Grades K-3

Center on Instruction: Building an Assessment Plan (Grades K-3)

Creating a Comprehensive Assessment Plan: A Guide for Leaders

Stakeholders can download a free copy of this document from the Center on Instruction website. The report outlines how leaders can create a literacy specific assessment plan.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5

Classroom educators, School administrators, District

Grades 3-12

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Assessing the Common Core State Standards

This website offers information for states participating in Smarter Balanced Assessments. Maine is participating in this CCSS aligned assessment.

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Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, District

Grades 3-12

State of Maine Smarter Balanced Assessment

Assessing the Common Core State Standards

This is the official website for the State of Maine Smarter Balanced assessment system. Information pertaining to the assessment and Maine's participation can be found on this website.

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Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, District, administrators, School board

Ages 3-4

Resources and Tools for Assessment

Using Assessments: Developmental Accomplishments of Literacy Acquisitions in 3-4 Year Olds

This tool can be used as an assessment checklist to measure appropriate literacy skills for children ages 3-4. Parents and practitioners can use the checklist to identify areas for development and further growth.

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Early childhood PK

Parents or family members, School administrators, Early childhood educator or advocate

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Universal Design for Assessment: Resources & Tools

Toolkit for Assessment: Universal Design

The Office of Special Education Programs provides a list of resources, including links, focused on assessment for students with identified disabilities. These resources compliment Universal Design for Assessment.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, District, School board, Community members, Adult educator

Grades K-12

Using Assessment Data

Doing What Works Clearinghouse: Data Driven Decision Making

The Doing What Works website also includes information pertaining to data driven decision making. Research, resources, and tools are provided on this site.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

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Using Assessment Data: Using Response to Instruction & Intervention

Using Student Data to Drive Instruction

This article outlines the use of student data to drive the instruction process. It provides action principles for districts and schools. It also includes a thorough reference list.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, District, School board, Adult educator, Higher Education

Grades K- Adult

Using Assessment Data: PCG White Paper on Using Data and Data Teams

Using Data and Data Teams

Public Consulting Group recently distributed a white paper on using data and data teams to improve school practices. This resources guides practitioners through implementing the use of data and evaluating success.

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Organization or program, Article or Research Brief

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, District, School board, Adult educator

Grades K-Adult

Using Assessment Data: Best Practices & Tips

Best Practices Checklist Tool

This tool, developed by WIDA, describes best practices in formative assessment for English learners and provides users with a best practices checklist for assessment.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, District, School board, Adult educator

Grades K-Adult

Response to Instruction & Intervention: Using Data to Inform Decisions

Tools for Gathering & Using Data to Inform Decisions

This website contains tools, webinars, and research related resources for stakeholders interested in gathering and using data to inform instructional decisions.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, District, Adult educator

Grades K-Adult

Accessible Assessment Materials

Guidelines for Accessible Testing and Assessment

This set of guidelines for accessible testing and assessment places a unique focus on low and high stakes assessments, providing a discussion of each.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

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Accessible Assessment Materials

Accessibility Principals for Reading Assessments

The National Accessible Reading Assessment Project released this publication describing the specific principles of accessible reading assessments in schools.

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Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, District, School board, Early childhood educator or advocate, Adult educator

All

Accessible Assessment Materials

Partnership for Accessible Reading Assessments

This is the official website for the Partnership for Accessible Reading Assessments. It provides information and resources for a variety of stakeholders. 

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Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, District, Early childhood educator or advocate, Adult educator

Grades K-12

Parental Resources for Assessment

Testing Our Schools

This is a PBS Frontline website focuses on making assessment understandable to parents. It includes a glossary of terms, imbedded links to additional information, and a guide for communicating with schools.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

Parents or family members, Community members

Grades 3-12

Parental Resources for Assessment

A Parent’s Guide to Testing

The National Education Association (NEA) published this parent’s guide to testing and assessment. This printable tool is easy to access and print, can be understood by a large audience, and provides additional resources for interested stakeholders.

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Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

Parents or family members, Community members

 

 

9/18/12