Literacy Practices That Adolescents Deserve

Assessments That Highlight Strengths and Challenges

Douglas Fisher & Nancy Frey

Without attention to the variety of ways that adolescents can demonstrate their understanding, while also acknowledging that their understanding can grow over time, teachers limit students' potential and focus on weaknesses rather than realizing that all students have strengths that can be used to build increased competence and confidence. Different types of assessments—formative, interim, and summative—can be leveraged in such a way that learning moves forward. To do so, assessment must be an integral part of the classroom, both for the students and for the teacher.

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