Using Informal Assessment Information for Evaluation

When you review the work and information collected in your students' portfolios and in your evaluation notebook, you will need a way to document student performance and academic growth. A first step in this process is to design rubrics that have guidelines for what to observe and evaluate. You might want to create a rubric that is both process and product based for each reading/language arts area represented on your school's report card -- for example, reading; writing; spelling; and listening, speaking, and viewing. You can then evaluate a student's performance and progress for each criterion, based on the informal assessment information you have collected over the marking period, such as

As you review and evaluate, a picture of each student's progress and achievement will emerge -- one that you can describe, explain, and support on a report card or in conferences with students or parents.

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