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How does writing assessment drive instruction?

In your own words, how does writing assessment drive instruction?

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How does writing assessment drive instruction?

Writing Assessment drives instruction because writing assessments provide information that helps the teacher map the next steps for a variety of learners and for the class as a whole. Writing assessment also occurs consistently as the unit begins, throughout the unit and as the unit ends. You can use writing-based pre-assessments, formative assessments, and summative assessments, and they can all be regular parts of the teaching/learning cycle.
Teachers can use writing to assess student readiness, interests, and learning. Writing assessments are a huge part of "teaching for success." Writing assessment helps students to document and contribute to their own growth. Writing assessment MAY also be easily differentiated, and the information gained is more useful to the teacher than multiple choice, fill in the blank, and many other types of assessment. Writing assessment is more focused on personal growth than on peer competition.
Writing assessment is a qualitative way to use today's student understandings to adjust and improve tomorrow's instruction. I believe that writing assessment has more to do with helping students grow than with cataloging their mistakes. Most teachers assess students at the end of an instructional unit or sequence. Writing assessments and instruction are interwoven, and both the students and the teacher benefit. There are many types of writing assessments that can be used as a diagnostic continuum for ongoing assessment. Journal writing to a rubric would be one example of this.

All of these things can be assessed with writing assessments in a far ...

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Writing Assessment drives instruction because writing assessments provide information that helps the teacher map the next steps for a variety of learners and for the class as a whole. Teachers can use writing to assess student readiness, interests, and learning. Writing assessments are a huge part of "teaching for success." Writing assessment is a qualitative way to use today's student understandings to adjust and improve tomorrow's instruction. All of these things can be assessed with writing assessments in a far more qualitative manner: READINESS SKILLS = Concepts, Content, Knowledge - INTEREST = Interest Surveys, Interest Centers, Self-Selection - LEARNING = Areas of Strength, Weakness, Work Preferences, Self Awareness.

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