Formative assessments are great ways to see if a student has achieved the skills needed to meet the CCSS. The CCSS are end outcome skills that show the students have deep understanding of the language arts skills. I use this checklist to help me to see if the student is learning the skills needed to succeed in the English Language Arts.
I used the language from the CCSS but broke them down into subskills that are easier to recognize. I keep a binder with a copy of this checklist for each student. There are places for you to date the evidence that the student has shown that they understand and use the skill. There is also a place for you to make anecdotal notes and what intervention you may want to use. It will help you to see if there has been growth by the student in certain areas.
I also included skills that are not in the CCSS but are helpful for me to know at the beginning of the year like:
TSW write their name with correct letter formation.
TSW know the initial sounds of all 26 letters.
To those who teach CCSS, the success of these standards rest with you, your passion, your understanding, your skill and if we all adhere to its principals, it will ensure the success of our nation. GOOD LUCK THIS YEAR! Let me know if this or any of my other products help you.
Disclaimer: This is not a checklist to be used to check of skills that you have taught and no longer need to teach.