I use these monthly assessments for my student's data binders. It is a great tool to see each student's growth month by month.
Once a month I give the assessment. I allow them to free write. I ask them to write independently on one topic. They are allowed to use the word wall and other resources on the wall but can't ask others for help. I give a check mark for each area they have done. At the bottom I decide what areas they need work on-this guides my small groups and lessons.