Sunday, March 10, 2013

Holy Assessment Time, Batman!

Have you guys been assessing like crazy lately? Does it make me strange that I actually sort of like the assessment piece of the job?  Besides those few kids who get stuck on the format and who need it modified for them, I've found that good, kid-friendly assessments can give us awesome information about what they still need and even where we can begin the reteaching process.  On the other hand, I've been staring at a stack of papers to grade all weekend and that isn't so exciting, but it is a means to an end.

Here is a link to the set of assessments that I created for my district to use for Quarter Three, although they really could be used at any point throughout the year. They are all short little two page assessments, with a few rubrics, writing samples, and checklists thrown in.  I've just given them in my classroom and tried to work out any kinks or change any wording that was confusing but would love to hear feedback. I also made a set that we used to assess at the beginning of the year, a set for Quarter 1 and a set for Quarter 2.  They're almost all different, but a few of them- Sight Words and Speaking and Listening- stay the same.

Here is a link to their listing.

And here is a free sample of one of the assessments so you can see what the assessments sort of look like.  This is the Past Tense Verbs Assessment. What do you think? Just click on the picture to download it.

Happy testing friends!


  1. Hi! I found you through the Kansas Blogger linky. I teach 3rd grade in Gardner. We are full speed ahead for assessments as well. Spring Break is this week and the kids begin the state assessment on Tuesday, March 25. Good luck with your firstie assessments!

  2. You're in one of those scary testing grades! Yikes. I have nightmares about them. :)I hope they went well. Thanks for coming by!