Instruction and Assessment

How are instruction and assessment related?

Plan for Instruction

Using the common core standards, the teacher should create measureable learning targets and outcomes. These goals should relate to the standards and use the language of the standards. Students should be aware of their learning targets during the entire unit. The teacher should deliver a preassessment to determine what areas of the standard students are weak and strong. All these steps are essential for planning the instruction.


Instruction should be centered around the standards. Students' levels of knowledge should be met through differentiation. Students learning styles are also important to consider when instruction is taking place. Students should have frequent formative assessments to determine students understanding. Based on the results of those formative assessments, instruction should be modified or changed to meet the changing needs of the students.

Assessment Types

"It is time to focus on assessment FOR learning instead of assessment OF learning."--Rick Stiggins


Billmeyer, R. (2002). Capturing All of the Reader Through the Reading Assessment System.