Standards 2010: Standard 3
Assessment and Evaluation
Candidates use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading and writing instruction.
The Assessment and Evaluation Standard recognizes the need to prepare teachers for using a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading and writing instruction. The elements featured in this standard relate to the systematic monitoring of student performance at individual, classroom, school, and systemwide levels. Teacher educators who specialize in literacy play a critical role in preparing teachers for multifaceted assessment responsibilities.
The following are the major assumptions of the Standards 2010 Committee for developing this standard and its elements:
- The most fundamental goal of assessment and evaluation is to optimize student learning.
- Effective assessment practices inform instruction.
- Competent reading professionals appreciate the importance of assessment.
- Effective reading professionals demonstrate a skilled use of assessment processes and results.
- Competent reading professionals are knowledgeable of standardized tests and their uses and limitations in the assessment process.
- Effective reading professionals are able to analyze data and communicate findings and implications to appropriate audiences.