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Working under the assumption that students' apparent literacy difficulties may not be inherent, the authors focus first on assessing students' past and present literacy environments and instruction. The majority of the book, however, centers on the assessment of various aspects of students' reading and writing:
While suggesting concrete ways to design alternative literacy assessments, the authors illustrate many points by using engaging stories and examples of teachers and children at work.
Windows into Literacy places the details of literacy assessment into a larger context that will encourage readers to consider the place of literacy assessment in instruction and in students' lives. Consideration is also given to how assessment can encourage change in literacy instruction as teachers work with others to reform schools and school districts.
The handbook that accompanies this book, Literacy Assessment: A Handbook of Instruments, includes the various assessment instruments discussed in the book.
Assessing Literacy Environments and Instruction
Assessing Metacongnitive Aspects of Reading
Assessing Language Systems and Strategies in Reading
Assessing Reading Comprehension
Assessing Language Systems and Strategies in Writing
Assessing Emergent Reading and Writing
Assessing Through Literacy Collections
Understanding and Challenging Traditional Forms of Literacy Assessment
Fostering Change in Literacy Assessment and Instruction