Assessing refers to the process of collecting and recording student information in order to inform the teaching and learning process. Although assessment takes many forms and is managed in a variety of ways, two features are constant: assessment is an ongoing process, and it is a collection of student information. In this section, resources are provided to help begin the process of gathering information about student learning.

The Early Literacy and Assessment for Learning (K–3) Series booklets are for practical use and include assessments, instructional tools, and activities teachers can use in their classrooms. What makes these little booklets distinctive is that they are written from the teacher’s point of view. To learn more about the assessments that accompany the series, go to Literacy Assessments.

Assessment for Learning (224K)
Print Literacy (285K)
Letter Knowledge (249K)
Word Identification (225K)
Exploring Comprehension (246K)
Little Honu’s Journey (746K)

The facilitators guide is designed to accompany the five booklets that are part of the Early Literacy and Assessment for Learning (K–3) Series and includes discussion questions for each booklet. Trainers can use this guide as they plan their professional development with teachers.

Facilitators Guide (253K)

The Look Fors is a resource that principals and others who support teachers can use to guide their learning of early literacy classroom practice in collaboration with teachers. As you make use of this resource, please keep in mind that it is not designed or intended to be used as an evaluation tool.

Look Fors (198K)

The following early literacy formative assessments can be useful resources for teachers who are interested in gathering information about students’ early literacy abilities. Three of the assessments (Letter Recognition, Site Word Identification, and Telling Tales) can be used in conjunction with the Early Literacy and Assessment for Learning (K–3) Series booklets. These assessments are available in the following languages: