Dictated sentence Writing Assessment! K Kids!
I love data! The more ways to collect, the more ways I can improve my instruction and improve student achievement! These dictated sentences align with some of the Common Core expectations in Language and some Foundational Skills for reading. I took those expectations to form a written component that can be used to teach skills in the small group. You do not need to follow Common Core to use this assessment. It would be something that any kindergarten teacher would want to have her student be able to do by the end of the year.
At the very beginning of the year on day 1 or day 2 of school, I would administer this assessment to the whole group. This should not take more than 10 minutes. Keep the atmosphere light and not like a test. We all have such a range of learners in our classes that it is likely you will have kids writing little to nothing to those who need very little in terms of mechanics and spelling. What this assessment will show is what they use, confuse, and need. Just imagine the growth you will be able to show by the end of the year! You will give this exact assessment at the end of each quarter in the same manner. Prompts for administering are included. Another piece of data that is not assessed but could be used, is having the students draw a picture to match the sentence. To see how much detail or lack thereof will also offer more insight into your students’ abilities. The assessment writing paper is included and you will just need to indicate by circling or highlighting the time of the year the assessment was given. There are two papers; one has an asterisk indicating where the child should start writing, while the second one does not.
Each time you give the assessment, you will attach the scoring sheet for the baseline and subsequent marking periods or quarters. If you don’t want to use the slips, I have included a cumulative scoring sheet where you can just keep attaching each assessment behind it after you have scored it. The cumulative scoring sheet could be passed on to the first-grade teachers in the fall of the following year to give them some additional data.
Also, included is an Excel file where you can enter in all the scores and see where deficits lie and form skills groups based off that or use the information for mini-lessons during your writing time. The cells are formatted so when you enter a score the cell will turn green if the total points were achieved. If not, it remains red. It will provide you with a quick look for patterns so that you can group kids by skills.
This is a great way to showcase and share your data. During parent conferences, you will want to share the baseline in comparison to the most current assessment. Parents will be blown away and you will shine like the superstar teacher you are!
**Note: The same sentence is used throughout the year
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