DSM: Re: Literacy Assessment in Middle School

Alan Klein (Alan@klein.net)
Wed, 4 Aug 1999 08:42:18 -0400


What would be the purpose of such assessment? For whom is the data gathered?

In my experience as a teacher and a parent, the most telling assessment of
literacy is in the doing. That is to say, if a person acts and interacts in
the world using written material and the knowledge gained from that
material, then I deem them to be literate. This is both a professional and a
personal judgement. While I did have occasion to use informal reading tests
and other measurements, they served only as objective sounding measures to
appease "the powers that be". My own assessment (and that of others,
including the learner) was what I relied on the most.

Alan Klein

----- Original Message -----
From: Adrienne Huber <a.huber@cowan.edu.au>

>I am compiling a report on how literacy is assessed in the Middle School
>years and am particularly interested in alternative ways of "assessing"
>(including "informal" and "authentic" and "natural") students' literacy

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