Thursday, June 13, 2013

Looking Back: Assessment Made Easier

Hi again! It's Angie from The First Grade Scoop here. I know many of you have been on break for some time now, but we're inching toward the finish line... Just four more days with students left! Phew! Time is flying, especially when thinking about all that needs done.

Something I've been trying to do to get ahead of the game is prepping copies of stuff I use all the time in my classroom. Two things I'm making tons of copies of now are my guided reading and Daily 5 rubrics.

(Click on the pictures above to download these files FREE!)

Staying on top of grading is my #1 goal for next year. Something that made it easier for me this year was having assigned assessment days for each of my students. I number my students alphabetically by last name. I divided my class equally by numbers across the days of the week. I have 29 students, so Monday is the assessment day for students #1-6, Tuesday is the day for students #7-12, and so on.

On the assessment day is when I:
Assess for sight words (I use my sight word practice book)
Confer during independent reading (Read to Self) and writing workshop
Complete one of the above rubrics (alternating weeks)
Have those students change their classroom library books (okay, this isn't an assessment, but it makes it easy to manage book check-out)

Of course, sometimes students are absent on their assessment day, but it's easy to make it up the next day, and that means that all students are assessed with the same frequency.

I hope this tip helps as you plan for next year (or just try to get through the last few days of this one!).

Have a great night!


  1. I also want to be on top of grading/assessments too. These are great tools!! Question for often would you use these? We use Treasures so I was thinking of using them during the assessment week of the series. Thanks for sharing!
    ~ Ms Apple Blossoms
    Apple Blossoms

  2. Thanks for the rubrics! I'm a fellow TBR contributor and I just went and checked out your blog. Very cute!

    Always an Adventure in Kindergarten

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