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Sample Assessment Report

Teachers in classrooms of older students use a detailed narrative format for conference reporting. These narratives provide a view of the entire learning experience and progress of the young adolescent student. The following is a sample narrative conference report in the area of language arts for a fictitious 12 year-old student.

T's skills as a writer are progressing steadily. We use the following six traits to assess student writing: ideas and content, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. T rates high in all of these characteristics except perhaps in the area of conventions. T occasionally omits or misuses important punctuation that distracts the reader and affects the fluency of his writing.

T's attention to detail and clarity of expression serve well in his science writing and recording of science centers observations. He seems to have more difficulty when writing a creative or fiction-based assignment. While his words are accurate and adequate, they lack flair. T sometimes backs away from using what we know is his wide and diverse vocabulary.

In reading, T is very skilled at extracting information from the written medium. His reading choices tend to be non-fiction and safe in terms of his skill level. We are sometimes concerned that T is not prepared for silent reading time with quality literature choices. We are encouraging him to tackle more complex fiction in order to widen his reading interests. T greatly enjoys and is very well suited for his book partner experience. His seven year-old partner and he have developed a positive rapport and it has been a mutually beneficial experience.

T's literature responses relate all the necessary facts and details that the reader needs to get a clear summary of the reviewed piece, but they lack personal observations and insights that indicate reflection. We encourage T to put a little more of himself into his responses.

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