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Informing Writing: The Benefits of Formative Assessment

This publication focuses on the effectiveness of formative writing (teacher feedback, student assessment, and ongoing monitoring) and offers best practices for assessment (allow paper/pencil or word processing, mask student names when scoring, and use multiple samples). Like "Writing Next" and "Writing to Read" - both available in this resource library - it is a meta-analysis of large-scale research studies. Read More

LAUSD DACE Census 2020 Resources

This ESL-focused Census curriculum has printable student workbooks and teacher's manuals for Beginning Low, Beginning High, Intermediate Low, and Intermediate High students. The Beginning Low and Beginning High workbooks both have leveled lessons on introducing the Census, the Census form, the importance of the Census, and talking to a Census enumerator. The Intermediate books have similar topical lessons plus ones on removing barriers to participation. Read More

Assessment – Example

This example of course objectives and the assessments used to measure them comes from a job preparation course for personal care assistant jobs.  Note the variety of assessment methods used and how each method matches the objective. Read More

Quick and Easy Adult Reading Assessments

Quick and Easy Adult Reading Assessments test oral fluency, or the ability to read text accurately and smoothly, with grade-leveled passages. Quick and Easy Adult Reading Assessments… Read More

Modified Phonics Assessment and Testing Copies

A modified Minnesota version of Sylvia Greene's Informal Word Analysis Inventory, Levels I and II. It includes processes for conducting as an individual reading test or group spelling test, a Teacher Copy for scoring, and six Student Copies for testing knowledge of sequential phonics patterns. Read More

Diagnostic Reading Assessment – Challenges & Possible Solutions

Common diagnostic reading assessment challenges and solutions developed by Minnesota STARs and Trainers. Read More

Season 1, Episode 1: Exploring the Tools of the Computer-Based Testing Environment

Presented by Amy Vickers (Minneapolis ABE / MN2014 GED® PD Project Coordinator) and Amber Delliger (Metro North ABE) Read More

Season 2, Episode 1: GED® Specific Updates & Test-Taking Strategies

Presented by Amy Vickers (MNI Senior Consultant) and Amber Delliger (Metro North ABE) Read More

Picture Yourself as a Stereotypical Male

How do race, gender, exposure to stereotypes, and classroom demographics impact student performance? Can test anxiety be a result of the experience of bias, and unrelated to actual ability? Can helping students see themselves as "complex, intelligent, talented, individual human selves" impact their academic performance? Read More

Designing Systems of Teacher Learning Around Student Work

Description of this recorded webinar: "How do we develop sustained growth in teacher practice in a department? One way is to design a system of teacher learning based on student artifacts. Join Geoff Krall... as he shares experiences and models of student work analysis that lead to better instructional choices and departmental coherence." Read More