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Getting Students to Mastery
December 19, 2013 | Volume 9 | Issue 6
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The Assessment—Instruction Link


From Using Classroom Assessment to Guide Instruction (DVD). Copyright 2002 by ASCD.

In this elementary classroom, frequent, formative assessments guide daily instructional decisions. Informal assessment techniques—such as probing, follow-up questions, and physical gestures—help this teacher check for understanding and decide how to modify instruction. As students work in pairs, the teacher circulates to observe and redirect, as needed. Later, the class collaboratively grades student writing samples, using oral reasoning to describe scoring decisions. Combined, the data from these formative assessments give the teacher a well-rounded picture of student progress toward mastery of summarization and note taking.


ASCD Express, Vol. 9, No. 6. Copyright 2013 by ASCD. All rights reserved. Visit


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