California Standards for the Teaching Profession: Standard Five
5.1 Establishing and communicating learning goals for all students
5.2 Collecting and using multiple sources of information to assess student learning
5.3 Involving and guiding all students in assessing their own learning
5.4 Using the results of assessment to guide instruction
5.5 Communicating with students, families, and other audiences about student progress
       Assessing learning is an important and valuable event in education. Assessment can and will promote learning when used correctly. It is important, as the standard addresses, to use various methods in collecting assessment. By having the students and families involved in following assessment, progress can be supported and augmented. 
Response to Regie Routman's opinions of assessment in school (5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6) Mini-lessons are an excellent tool for informal assessment (5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5) The importance of an end product in assessment is immesurable, especially to students (5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5 )
Quickwrites as assessment are especially useful for determining sticking points for student learning (5.2, 5.3, 5.4) Miscue Analysis is another form of formal and informal assessment of readers (5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5)
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