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Formative Assessment for Literacy, Grades K-6

Formative Assessment for Literacy, Grades K-6
Building Reading and Academic Language Skills Across the Curriculum

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Foreword by Deborah Stipek

May 2008 | 224 pages | Corwin
Grounded in research and rooted in practice, this book shows teachers of elementary students how to use formative assessment to build literacy and language skills across the curriculum. Based onáthe authors'áworkáwith English Language Learners, but relevant to all learners, Formative Assessment for Literacy, Grades K-6 includes methods for using formative assessment strategies to develop listening skills, oral language, and reading comprehension. The authors assist instructors by: Showing how formative assessment fits within broader frameworks for assessment and instruction Examining the stages in literacy skill development Discussing the teacher knowledge needed to effectively incorporate formative assessment The final chapter offers guidance for planning professional development in literacy assessment.
Foreword by Deborah Stipek
About the Authors
1. Formative Assessment: Stories of Language and Literacy Learning
2. Making Reading Instruction and Assessment Work for Students and Teachers
3. Formative Assessment: “Where Are My Students on Their Journey?”
4. Laying the Foundations for Reading Comprehension: Assessing Listening and Speaking Skills
5. The Essence of Reading: Assessing Reading Comprehension
6. Assessing Reading Through Writing
7. Schoolwide Formative Assessment

"The book is based on the best research on reading and language development and gives readers an opportunity to see nationally renowned experts’ advice in their own words. But rather than a dreary summary of research findings, this book brings the knowledge to life by providing detailed descriptions and illustrations of the practical implications for classroom teaching. Just as teachers slowly and surely lead their children to becoming proficient readers, this book provides scaffolding and a suggested system of schoolwide support for teachers to develop their skills as reading teachers."

From the Foreword by Deborah Stipek

"This book presents an easy-to-understand approach to a complex skill by employing accessible concepts and a research-based conception of classroom assessment. For today’s and tomorrow’s elementary teachers, this book is mandatory reading!"

W. James Popham, Emeritus Professor
University of California, Los Angeles

"Bailey and Heritage draw on a wealth of relevant research and their own work in classrooms to offer practice-oriented guidelines for ongoing assessment of children’s developing academic language literacy. They present clear definitions of concepts and constructs and clearly illustrate how formative assessment can be integrated into everyday instruction. The extended dialogues show how teachers can engage children in examining and talking about their own language development."

Mary J. Schleppegrell, Professor of Education
University of Michigan

“In this important, readable, and practical book, Bailey and Heritage take us beyond what the research says to a clear set of principles for formative assessment in the language arts classroom. Everyone interested in improving reading and writing in our schools should read this book.”

Dylan Wiliam, Deputy Director
Institute of Education, United Kingdom

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