The reading comprehension formative tools have been created to build teacher capacity to
Reading experts from across the state served as an Advisory Group to this project. They wrote questions, had teachers field test the questions and participated with the teachers in the audio taped discussions.
The result of their efforts is a series of formative questions by grade level, an audio discussion of a team of teachers reaching consensus on what would be a proficient response and a number of student responses accompanied by audio discussions with the team of teachers diagnosing student strengths and needs and deciding what they will do next instructionally with their class and individual students.
The discussions model for grade level teams how they need to reach consensus on proficient performance for their grade level on a specific assignment / assessment and how to diagnose their student’s performance against that criteria to inform their instruction. It is critical that at least grade level teams of teachers understand and communicate to students consistent expectations of proficient performance on the Maryland content standards.
Schools and districts may also want to incorporate the tools into their professional development activities. The protocol used to facilitate these discussions is described in greater detail in “About the protocol used.”