2/2/2018

The Benefits of Language Arts Instant Assessments for Data Tracking

By: Dana Adams

The Language Arts Instant Assessments for Data Tracking resource book is simply an amazing addition to any teacher’s grab-bag of useful tools. Full of reproducible formative, interim, and summative assessments, this book provides teachers with the tools to track students’ proficiency of learned concepts throughout the year. The tools and assessments also allow teachers to plan for future lessons and teaching strategies to help students succeed during their educational journey.

This helpful resource provides six different assessment formats—each enables teachers to gather succinct assessments throughout the school year. Teachers are then able to implement the most compatible instant assessment that fits the concept being taught.  

This series simplifies data collection through ready-to-go assessments. This book includes:

  1. Pretests and Post-tests: Show What You Know
    “Show What You Know” tests can be used for pre- and post-testing. Most anchors begin with two “Show What You Know” tests—both of which follow the same format with the same types of questions. By comparing these two assessments, teachers can monitor the growth and progress of each student.
  2. Exit Tickets
    Exit tickets provide an easy and fun way to review the day’s lessons or activities. Exit tickets can be used as bulletin board additions for lesson or unit review information, or they can be laminated and used within a language arts center for further reinforcement. With exit tickets, assessments can be continued throughout the classroom in a variety of ways.
  3. Word Lists
    Each word list is gathered using grade-appropriate assessment words. The word lists consist of words in particular areas, such as sight words, spelling patterns, and words with differing affixes. Word lists are not exhaustive; they provide the teacher with an easier way to assess throughout the year.
  4. Prompt Cards
    Cards are writing prompts that can be used in a variety of ways throughout the school year. Teachers can monitor which prompt each student has completed by making note of the “lettering” system at the bottom of each card. In addition, cards can be printed and laminated for durable use within the classroom.
  5. Assessment Pages
    The reproducible assessment pages are designed to be a standard test of skill mastery. Teachers can combine this assessment with other types of assessment to gain a comprehensive outlook of a student’s mastery of various learned concepts.
  6. Fluency Pages
    Fluency pages are a vital element in assessing a student’s reading fluency. What’s special about these fluency pages is that the student receives a copy—and so does the teacher. This is helpful because the teacher is then able to keep track of the student’s performance. A word count is given at the end of each line—which can then be totaled and scored to assess the student’s fluency level. In addition, the fluency pages can be combined with the correlating reading comprehension reproducible to measure a student’s complete understanding of the material.

Language Arts Instant Assessments for Data Tracking is a wonderful tool for classroom teachers to help identify student learning gaps. Each assessment provides multiple methods of implementation while offering teachers a full picture of a student’s level of understanding.

Dana Adams, 2017–2018 Carson-Dellosa Brand Ambassador, North Carolina homeschool teacher for grades 2–4