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The Rigor of Informational Text

The new Common Core standards require more “rigor”. So what does rigor really mean? Could it mean we expect our students to learn at higher levels? How do you assess a high level understanding of informational text? The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts emphasizes the importance of students reading informational text. […]

What Do You Know? Assessing Student Learning

How do you know that students “get it?” You know because you use dynamic assessment tools. In some quarters, “assessment” has become a tarnished term, associated with ‘No Student Left Behind’ and fears of teaching to the test. But assessments help to understand how students are learning, to identify accomplishments worth celebrating, and to recognize […]

What do you Know? – Assessing Student Learning

In some quarters, “assessment” has become a tarnished term, associated with ‘No Student Left Behind’ and fears of teaching to the test. But assessments help to understand how students are learning, to identify accomplishments worth celebrating, and to recognize gaps in knowledge or skills. Re-visit the types of assessments and explore some interactive, online formative […]

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