Assessment in English Ed - W. I. O¶Byrne 1
Teaching, Learning & Assessment in the English Education classroom
University of ConnecticutInstructor: W. Ian O¶Byrne
The Standards for the Assessment of Reading and Writing (2009) as published by a joint task force of the National Council of the Teachers of English (NCTE) and the International ReadingAssociation (IRA) were defined as:1.
The interests of the student are paramount in assessment.2.
The teacher is the most important agent of assessment.3.
The primary purpose of assessment is to improve teaching and learning.4.
Assessment must reflect and allow for critical inquiry into curriculum and instruction.5.
Assessment must recognize and reflect the intellectually and socially complex nature of reading and writing and the important roles of school, home, and society in literacydevelopment.6.
Assessment must be fair and equitable.7.
The consequences of an assessment procedure are the first and most importantconsideration in establishing the validity of the assessment.8.
The assessment process should involve multiple perspectives and sources of data.9.
Assessment must be based in the local school learning community, including active andessential participation of families and community members.10.
All stakeholders in the educational community²students, families, teachers,administrators, policymakers, and the public²must have an equal voice in thedevelopment, interpretation, and reporting of assessment information.11.
Families must be involved as active, essential participants in the assessment process.Available at http://www.ncte.org/standards/assessmentstandardsThe syllabus is also informed by the U. S. Common Core State Standards (2010), and morespecifically research and media skills key design considerations, which states:³To be ready for college, workforce training, and life in atechnological society, students need the ability to gather,comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and report on information andideas, to conduct original research in order to answer questions or solve problems, and to analyze and create a high volume andextensive range of print and non-print texts in media forms old andnew. The need to conduct research and to produce and consumemedia is embedded into every aspect of today¶s curriculum.´(Common Core State Standards, 2010, p. 4)