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Classroom Literacy Environments

Classroom Literacy

Assessment to Inform Instruction

Transition to Kindergarten

Literacy Coaching for
PreK Classrooms


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Assessment, the process of observing and documenting the work children do, guides instructional planning for children. Assessment should take many different formats including observational records, work sample portfolios, performance anecdotes, checklist and formal assessments such as standardized screening instruments. Families can also be encouraged to share informal observations of what children do at home.

After gathering data on children, it is important to evaluate this information to determine their needs, growth and development and to plan for ways to best support their continued learning. Assessment and instruction are complementary in meeting curriculum goals. Informing families of assessment data creates a partnership to guide the appropriate “next steps” for home learning activities.

Collection and evaluation of assessment data is recommended to be completed three times a year. The information gained in the mid-year assessment is especially beneficial for teachers in planning instructional strategies that lead to accomplishment of benchmarks.

The Literacy Connection

Project Enlightenment • Wake County Public School System • Raleigh, North Carolina
The Literacy Connection program was initiated by an Early Reading First Grant funded
by the US Department of Education.

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The contents of this presentation were developed through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education;
however, the contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education
nor endorsement by the Federal Government. Published 2007.

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