Teachers in elementary schools in Davidson County use summative and formative assessment to drive instruction in all content areas.

Taking the time to analyze assessment data enables teachers to carefully choose their next instructional steps.  

Each elementary school in Davidson County has developed an assessment wall. This enables teachers to have rich conversations about student achievement to support school-wide progress. 

 Useful Documents for Davidson County Educators:

Targeting Instruction for Progress Monitoring

Running Records at a Glance

Fountas and Pinnell Guidelines

Classroom Growth Chart for Progress Monitoring

Possible Informal Data/Anecdotal Notes Form 

Reading Profile

Possible Informal Running Record Form

DCS Reading Profile Rubric (K-2)

DCS Reading Profile Rubric (3-5)

 Blank Class at a Glance Form

Fiction Class at a Glance Form

Nonfiction Class at a Glance Form

Reading Strategies Class at a Glance Form

Phonics Writing Analysis for Individual Student- Progress Monitoring

Emergent Reading Behaviors Rubric- Progress Monitoring

How To Use Running Records

Summative and Formative Assessments

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"Summative assessments are seen as a way to measure, at a particular point in time, student learning as it relates to content standards. Though the information gleaned from this type of assessment can be important, it's too late in the learning process to make adjustments to our teaching.

But formative assessments are different. They allow us to make adjustments in our work with children as they are learning.

 Formative ways of assessing where children are in the learning process include recording what we notice by:

  • Conferring
  • Listening in
  • Observing
  • Examining work samples
  • Charting student thinking on anchor charts
  • Allowing our students to confer and reflect with one another." 

 - From Teaching With Intention, by Debbie Miler (Stenhouse)

  Here are some examples of formative assessments we use in Davidson County:

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 Anchor charts can track student thinking and understanding in all content areas.


A Reading Profile, from Snapshots, by Linda Hoyt (Heinemann):

This is used to track a student's use of cueing systems and reading behaviors while reading a variety of text.

Anecdotal notes allow teachers to track and record student progress in all subjects while "on the run."