Tips and tools from an elementary school Literacy Coach
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Texas Stuff. Yeehah. Reading Assessment Tracker with TEKS Freebie!
This one's special for Texas. I guess I should say Yee-Hah! Except I don't really like Texas-y stuff. Or cowboys. Or the Dallas Cowboys. Or oil.
I guess I'm not a very good Texan.
Not only that, I hate
-and this is a big one-
I. Hate. The. STAAR.
gasp! What? you say. But I hate it.
I know. You're nice. But I'm not.
*note: I know you don't love it. That was sarcasm.*
I hate it. I hate it so so so much because it makes me think about that instead of ways to make learning relevant and awesome. I still think about relevance and awesomeness most of the time, but a part of the time, I have to think about STAAR. (They say relevance is a part of it, but you know what I mean. Real relevance and STAAR relevance are different.)
Now, the little people we work with shouldn't worry about the STAAR. That makes me sad that they do. We don't want them thinking that the only way to show what they know is by taking a multiple-choice test and filling in some bubbles. But, on the other hand, they will have to take tests for the rest of their lives, to do pretty much anything they want to do. Fortunately, they'll be adults someday and not little children who we're stifling. But for now, you know, we do what we do.
There's another special thing about Texas. We don't do Common Core. At all. We have our own standards that may or may not align with Common Core. They're the TEKS. And they're not bad, actually, in reading. They're genre-based, which is good.
So I tried to think of a fun way for kids to track their progress towards the student expectations they have to learn. A way that would help them see how they're improving based on specific standards they have to master.
I have worked on these reading assessment trackers until I hate them. I hate them, I hate them, I hate them! But they're so cute that hopefully you'll like them.
This is what they are:
I took the student expectations for the Texas TEKS that are tested on the STAAR, so I only used the Readiness and Supporting standards. I bundled them by genre and typed them up. Then I added the Figure 19 standards that are tested into each genre that they're tested in.
I added a place for the kids to record their scores on assessments and a little color code key. Both Enlgish and Spanish are available for grades 3, 4, and 5. But PLEASE check over the Spanish especially. I typed it directly from the TEKS, but it's possible there is an error. If you find one, let me know and I will correct it ASAP. Thank you!