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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Assessment & Evaluation Practices & Philosophy

When students are involved they are more likely to

• Understand what we expect them to do
• Access prior knowledge
• Have some ownership over making learning happen
• Give information so that teachers can adapt their teaching

Descriptive Feedback VS Letter Grades
While there will be letter grades on report cards, you may notice some differences with the types of feedback students will be receiving throughout the year on their various assignments. I will use a combination of anecdotal observations, rubrics, and labels to identify whether or not your child is meeting outcomes, working towards outcomes, or extra support is required with a particular outcome. 

When students can see examples of what it is we expect them to do, they are much more likely to be successful in their learning.

Assessment Tools
• Oral reading records
• Reading/Writing conferences
• Student/teacher interviews
• Checklists
• Portfolios
• Self assessments
• Reading responses
• Rubrics
• Anecdotal comments
• Tests & Quizzes
• Descriptive Feedback

Some ways student learning may be communicated with parents are:
• Portfolios and conferences
• Emails
• Phone calls home
• Agendas