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Old 09-07-2011, 05:34 AM
 
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I think that tests should be to verify that students learned something that makes growth towards a standard. You could continue with Reader's Workshop, but you can give tests on the skills using smaller passages to verify their learning.

You could also include major projects in the test sections. Project based assessment is a motivating way to test students. My students create biography posters that are research based and include inferencing skills and summary. Later in the year a powerpoint demonstrates learning of literary elements.

To design my assessments, I look at the standards. I think about what students need to learn. Next, I design the assessment. I think about what students will need to know to be successful in the project/assessment. Finally, I create the lessons to fit their needs. Backwards design!
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