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Comprehension, Close Reading, & Assessment

The reason we read is to learn from text.  TextProject has resources to aid teachers in supporting comprehension, including close reading of texts.  To provide the best instruction for and to their students, teachers need to have a clear view of students’ reading comprehension and knowledge.  Assessment is all about understanding what knowledge learners have gained. Currently, many states are moving into a new generation of assessments. TextProject is committed to providing educators with the best possible guidance and resources about the new generation of assessments.

Comprehension & Close Reading

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Learning from texts and remembering or integrating the knowledge from texts is at the heart of our work as literacy educators. Proficient reading requires integrating new knowledge from texts with existing knowledge. The Common Core State Standards place the content of texts as the source for new ideas or challenging existing ones at the heart of reading comprehension. TextProject resources support teachers in understanding evidence-based reading (sometimes referred to as close reading). Resources also include texts that teachers can use with their students as the basis for discussions and close reading.

Assessment

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Assessment is all about understanding what knowledge learners have gained. In the formative assessment process, teachers and students gather information as part of the teaching-learning cycle. Summative assessments focus on the outcomes of the teaching-learning process— information that is frequently used in high-stakes contexts by policy makers. Currently, many states are moving into a new generation of summative assessments. TextProject is committed to providing educators with the best possible guidance and resources about the new generation of assessments.