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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.

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.

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…

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.

Diagnostic Reading Assessment – Challenges & Possible Solutions

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

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)

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

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

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?

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."

Making It Real: Teaching Pre-Literate Adult Refugee Students

This book is a great place reference for both new and experienced teachers. It covers a variety of effective practices for teaching low-literate adult refugees, and describes techniques and activities that support these practices.

Listening and Speaking Activities for Adult ESL Learners

This packet of listening and speaking activities contains a number of activities that can be used in the ESL classroom. The activities are organized by the three skills of language scored in the BEST Plus assessment: Listening Comprehension, Language Complexity, and Communication.

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Remote Instruction Resources – Math

See the Remote Instruction section under Instructional Resources in the ATLAS online Numeracy library for remote math/numeracy instructional resources.

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MN ABE YouTube Channel

The MN ABE YouTube Channel is a free online PD resource that you can use to explore teaching techniques and classroom ideas in action! Find out more in this MN ABE Connect newsletter article.

Upcoming ABE Events

August 5, 2021 1:00 pm–2:30 pm
Literacy Minnesota
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Remote Tutoring 101

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Registration Deadline: THU. 8/5/21 Join Literacy Minnesota Adult Basic Education and ESL trainers for a virtual workshop on how to be an effective tutor from a distance! Learn best practices for connecting and communicating one-on-one with adult learners on the phone or online, get suggestions for correcting errors… Learn More

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August 9, 2021 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
Literacy Minnesota
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Developing and Practicing Reading Fluency

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Registration Deadline: MON. 8/9/21 Come and review the important role of fluency in reading instruction. We will discuss the three key components of reading fluency and look at a variety of activities tutors and teachers can try. We will talk about the mechanics of doing fluency practice via… Learn More

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August 10, 2021 10:00 am–11:30 am
Literacy Minnesota
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Talk Amongst Yourselves: Building Up to Student-Facilitated Conversations

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 8/10/21 Learn about three essential skills students need in order to join a conversation and keep it going. This webinar will demonstrate how to introduce those strategies and get students talking in small groups online. Come ready to participate in your own small groups and… Learn More

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