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Artifact #7: Literacy Assessment

I have included a literacy assessment in this Elementary Education Portfolio because it

demonstrates my competency in the area of literacy planning and assessment. Becoming familiar

with a variety of assessment tools gives teachers the access they need when targeting specific

aspects within the literacy domain. In addition, understanding how to assess students is crucial in

being able to understand where students are in their learning and the next steps that need to be

taken with them in order for them to meet educational objects set forth in the curriculum.

Therefore, assessing students and planning accordingly caters to the unique and individual needs

of students coinciding with that of Vygotsky and the notion of the zone of proximal

development. In this case the more knowledgeable other (the teacher) can set forth instructional

plans based off the results of assessment and guide the student to a level that is attainable to


Connection to Standards

INTASC Standards

Standard #6: Assessment

The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in

their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision


6(l) The teacher knows how to analyze assessment data to understand patterns and gaps

in learning, to guide planning and instruction, and to provide meaningful feedback to all learners.

NYS Code of Ethics Standards

Principle 2: Educators create, support, and maintain challenging learning environments

for all.
Educators apply their professional knowledge to promote student learning. They know

the curriculum and utilize a range of strategies and assessments to address differences. Educators

develop and implement programs based upon a strong understanding of human development and

learning theory. They support a challenging learning environment. They advocate for necessary

resources to teach to higher levels of learning. They establish and maintain clear standards of

behavior and civility. Educators are role models, displaying the habits of mind and work

necessary to develop and apply knowledge while simultaneously displaying a curiosity and

enthusiasm for learning. They invite students to become active, inquisitive, and discerning

individuals who reflect upon and monitor their own learning.

Ontario Teacher Ethical Standards

Care: The ethical standard of Care includes compassion, acceptance, interest and insight

for developing students’ potential. Members express their commitment to students’ well-being

and learning through positive influence, professional judgment and empathy in practice.

TEAC/CAEP Claims 1-3

Claim 2: Medaille College graduates meet the needs of diverse learners through effective

pedagogy and best teaching practices.

NYS P-12 Common Core Learning Standards


NYS Learning Standards


ISTE Standards


ILA Standards
Standard 3: Candidates use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and

evaluate effective reading and writing instruction.

CEC Standards

Assessing Student Literacy Learning Format
Name: Linda Saleh ___June 19, 2018_________
Student Name: Sarah Grade 2

1. Assessment Tool: Clay Observation Dictation

2. Standards:
Phonics and Word Recognition
3. Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words. a. Distinguish long
and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words. b. Know spelling-sound
correspondences for additional common vowel teams. c. Decode regularly spelled two-syllable words
with long vowels. d. Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes. e. Identify words with
inconsistent but common spelling-sound correspondences. f. Recognize and read grade-appropriate

3. Summary of Each Student Performance:

Skills demonstrated:
Sarah demonstrated 100 percent accuracy as she scored 50/50.
Sarah demonstrated the ability to analyze dictated words and accurately record the discerned letters

Skills not yet demonstrated:

Sarah needs to work on her capitalization and punctuation.
Sarah incorporated additional letters in various words that were dictated to her. Although the additional
letters did not affect her score in this assessment.

4. a. How will you support future learning?

Instruction Plan 1
Sarah will be given an activity as such:
Identify the words below that should have capital letters by circling them. Then take the circled word
and use it in a sentence making sure to use that word at the beginning of the new sentence.

Instruction Plan 2

Using at least one Dolch word from the grade 2 list, create a sentence using proper sentence structure,
capitalization and punctuation. Please create at least three sentences and be able to read it, write it and
explain what the Dolce word means.
b. Student feedback :

Sarah appears content as she receives feedback of a perfect score. I will tell Sarah that I will provide
her additional activities to practice vocabulary development and writing skills and explain the Dolch
word assignment. I will also mention to Sarah that although she got a perfect score she needs to work
on her use of capitalization and punctuation. I will show Sarah the tasks that I will give her to help her
with using capitals and punctuation.

c. Reference the research/ theory that support your instructional steps.

From 50-75% of all words used in school books, library books, newspapers, and magazines are in the
Dolch Basic Sight Vocabulary of 220 words (preschool thru Grade 3). The Dolch word list is made up
of "service words" (pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and verbs) which cannot
be learned through the use of pictures (Retrieved from

Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory posits that learning is constructed in a social context whereby “the
more knowledgeable other” (MKO) can assist a student in working to a level that is slightly above their
comfortable zone but not too high that they are unable to attain and as a result loose interest (Sternberg
& Williams, 2010)

1. How will you determine student’s learning/ monitor progress:

I will determine Sarah’s learning by checking in with her and assessing the instructional plans that
were put in place for her. From there I can evaluate next steps for Sarah.