What do spelling tests tell me?
What does it mean to be a "proficient reader"?
How will I know if my student writes at a "fourth grade level"? What IS a fourth grade level?
How do I measure number sense?
What does it mean to be "advanced"?
How does anyone expect me to open a can of Pringles on not eat the whole thing? (oops...wrong blog for that)
and soooooo many more...
(By the way...if any of you have answers, I am SUPER excited to hear them!)
Another struggle I have is measuring student achievement based on work they do alone. Because my students do SO much collaboratively, it is hard to know what work is truly "theirs". We just finished publishing our feature articles, and along the way they brainstormed, shared, and revised with peers...they took them home and got feedback from parents...teachers gave suggestions...the computer spell and grammar checked them...
So what do I grade?
To help people get a sneak peek, I have decided to share a "freebie" that helps give you the idea of how this can work in your classroom. If you are interested, check it out! I can honestly say it has been a real game-changer for me...I do SO much more reteaching of writing concepts and have been far more focused during my unit planning. I hope it helps you as well! Let me know your thoughts...