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Performance Assessments engage students in authentic, high-level work that is aligned to curricular standards so that we can more carefully plan for instruction that meets students where they are and truly moves them forward. The performance assessments you will find here were designed to align to particular Common Core State Standards in reading and writing, and to anchor specific units of study in data collection and close observation of student work. We recommend viewing these as both pre- and post-assessments: you may (and we suggest doing so) conduct the assessment in whole or in part before teaching the relevant units, as a measure of what students are capable of prior to your instruction; you will then use the data from this assessment to tailor your units to students’ specific strengths and needs, and then conduct the same assessment again at the end of the unit, to determine the growth of the students and provide an opportunity to reflect on your instruction.
The overarching goal of asking students to perform in these ways is to give you a clear sense of what students have internalized and what still needs support in regards to the standards-based skills at hand. You will find teacher instructions as well as student-facing instructions and supports; you will also find rubrics that clearly connect the task to the CCSS, and annotated and graded examples of student work. The texts for these tasks are included where we have obtained permissions; in some cases you will need to purchase the relevant texts.
In the case of the second grade assessment, children will be studying nonfiction reading and informational book writing as two separate but related units. The assessment you’ll find here is designed to help you determine students’ proficiency levels in reading nonfiction and summarizing the information therein and in writing an informational text based in part on information they’ve read themselves, heard read aloud, or viewed in video form.
In the fifth and eighth grade assessments, students will be studying nonfiction research methods in reading workshop and research-based argument essay writing in writing workshop. The assessments here are designed to gauge students’ work in reading nonfiction texts and determining the main ideas and supporting details within those texts, as well as students’ ability to plan, draft and revise an essay in which they take a stance on a complex issue and support that stance with information derived from readings of printed text and/or viewings of relevant video clips.