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Student Centered Assessment. A Classroom Look at Growth. The Role of Assessment in a Community. Support Accountability Focus Shared Vision. Stop and Jot. What is your vision for your writers? Or… What is your vision for your writers’ identities? Individual identities?

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student centered assessment
Student Centered Assessment

A Classroom Look at Growth

the role of assessment in a community
The Role of Assessment in a Community
  • Support
  • Accountability
  • Focus
  • Shared Vision
stop and jot
Stop and Jot
  • What is your vision for your writers?


  • What is your vision for your writers’ identities?
      • Individual identities?
      • Their collective identity as a community?
turn and talk
Turn and Talk
  • Please share one thought with a partner.
  • Then share the “why” behind your thought.
tools to promote instructional change
Tools to Promote Instructional Change

“What we do has little impact unless we are cognizant of how to do those things in the most effective ways and for legitimate purposes.”

- Good to Great Teaching

by Mary Howard, 2012

primary agent of assessment
Primary Agent of Assessment

Peter Johnston’s new book:

RTI in Literacy: Responsive and Comprehensive

“Regardless of grade,

students’ development looks different – so, too, must literacy instruction.”

growth mindset skill progressions
Growth Mindset & Skill Progressions
  • Teaching students to measure their work against a progression of skills requires:
    • A vision for the writing work
    • An expectation that all writers are capable of sharing that vision, as partners in the process
peter elbow s evolution as a writer
Peter Elbow’s Evolution as a Writer

Started with a fixed mindset


“I couldn’t write when I tried to write everything right. And I could write when I let myself write things wrong.”

teachers of writers need
Teachers of writers need…
  • Learning progressions across units of study
  • Tools that can be used for multiple purposes
  • Processes for looking at writing with colleagues
teachers of writers need1
Teachers of writers need…

Exemplars of work at all stages

Lesson design with structures for differentiation

Flexibility to USE data to adjust instruction

where s the time

Where’s the time??

what makes a difference
What Makes a Difference?

John Hattie’s Meta-Analysis

  • Learning goals
  • Emphasize meta-cognitive strategies
  • Multiple exposures / opportunities to practice over several days
  • Feedback
  • Formative evaluation
feedback conference
Feedback / Conference

Research – What are you working on today?

Compliment – I see you tried . . .

Decide What to Teach – What is the student

doing/ just about to do?

Teach – Demonstrate/ Model/ Exemplar

Link – Whenever you’re writing . . .

where s the time1

Where’s the time??


Turn & Talk

What are you thinking about now?

audience participation time
“Audience Participation” time!
  • Please decide one person per table with a laptop or tablet to be your spokesperson on this site:

  • If you have questions for the teachers on the panel, please jot and pass to your spokesperson for submission to the site.
thank you panelists
Thank you, Panelists!
  • Michelle Kemp, 12th Grade

Muskegon Public Schools

  • Megan Perreault, Middle School Special Education and Literacy

Orchard View Public Schools

  • Amy Miller, 5th Grade

Grand Haven Public Schools

  • Terri Fortmeyer, 3rd Grade

North Muskegon Public Schools

learning targets are


  • the day-to-day learning
  • that we plan for our
  • students
  • posted in the classroom
  • in understandable language
  • assessable
types of learning targets
Types of Learning Targets
  • Knowledge Targets
  • Reasoning Targets
  • Skill Targets
  • Product Targets
  • Disposition Targets
megan s student facing rubric
Megan’s Student-Facing Rubric

Adapted from Writing Pathways by Lucy Calkins and TCRWP Colleagues, 2013

assessment in writing is coming into its own
Assessment in Writing is coming into its own…
  • NWP
  • FAME
  • Quality Assessment Practices
we will grow together
We WILL grow together…

You will grow your practices as you assess for learning.

Our students will grow as writers.

This is just the beginning. We will all share our findings as a part of this network.

Thank you for doing that today, panelists!