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Day 5 Assessment

Authentic Assessment Toolbox (ORC#: 4408)
The Authentic Assessment Toolbox is a how-to hypertext about creating authentic tasks, rubrics, and standards for measuring and improving student learning. Author Jon Mueller includes detailed, practical application chapters : (1) What is it?; (2) Why do it?; (3) How do you do it?; (4) Standards; (5) Tasks; (6) Rubrics; (7) Portfolios; (8) Examples; (9) Glossary; and (10) Workshops. The author discusses rubrics, both analytic and holistic, and portfolio assessment in detail at this professional development site, and examples draw from all areas of the curriculum. (author/bcbrown)

Conferencing with Confidence: Suggestions for Using Portfolios in Student-Led Conferences (ORC#: 4732)
In this article the author discusses the value of student-led portfolio conferences and describes successful classroom implementation practices. The use of portfolios and student-led conferences in based on four principles of a child-centered philosophy: focus on process, emphasis on diversity, responsibility of the student, and concentration on development. Through this practice students are aware of how they are doing and take more responsibility for the outcome of the learning process. They can take pride in their accomplishments, knowing they will present their portfolios, or collections of work, as a representation of their progress. (author/aec)

A Look at the OGT: Getting Them Ready for the Writing Test (ORC#: 5038)
This article examines the Ohio Graduation Writing Test and identifies research-based, practical strategies for improving student writing and preparing students for the test. Useful information is provided concerning the structure and scoring of the writing test. The article also includes links to valuable resources related to the teaching and assessment of writing. (author/aec)

Prize-Winning Prose: Developing "Kid's Pulitzers" in the Language Arts Classroom (ORC#: 177)
In this promising practice students develop criteria for Kid's Pulitzers -- awards in categories of writing determined by the students. Each student will then bestow a Kid's Pulitzer upon a piece of writing which they deem to be distinguished based on the established criteria. This lesson plan encourages students to interpret and evaluate literary texts and to consider what constitutes effective writing. This resource also includes extension activities, interdisciplinary connections, and links to supporting internet sites. (author/ncl)

Put to the Test: Tools and Techniques for Classroom Assessment [excerpt]: Chapter 4, "Guides to Scoring Student Work: Checklists and Rubrics" (ORC#: 4584)
Guides to scoring students'work are discussed at length and in concrete detail in this chapter excerpt. Authors Robert Johnson, Susan Agruso, Diane Monrad, and Therese M. Kuhs explain how to construct rubrics (holistic and analytical), then address components inherent within this type of assessment: rating scale, checklists, purpose, and evaluation.(author/bcbrown)

6+1 Trait Writing Scoring Guide (ORC#: 717)
Developed by a group of teachers during the early 1980's, this assessment resource provides a thorough, yet practical, way to evaluate student writing. The analytic rubric allows teachers to collect data about groups of students and identify the strengths and weaknesses of individual students. Writing is assessed using seven traits or characteristics of effective composition: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation. Teachers may elect to use all seven traits, or fewer, depending upon the assessment circumstance. While this resource links directly to the scoring rubric, additional information about this assessment may be accessed at About 6+1 Trait Writing. (author/ncl)