It’s Time to Show What You Know
Teachers, students and parents often find fifth grade significantly challenging. The challenges are not limited to reading and writing due to an increased complexity and end of year testing in fifth grade math, science and social studies. The fifth grade ELA skills are demanding. The Fifth Grade Curriculum Map suggests students participate in up to 8 writing pieces, in addition to routine writing every nine weeks. To be considered College & Career Ready, fifth graders reading Lexile levels range between 830L to 1010L.
The fifth grade ELA Milestones Blueprint tells us that students will have one 2 point constructed response item and 4 point Extended Constructed Response items for a Narrative prompt, and a 7 point Extended Writing Response for either an Informational or Opinion prompt. Because the writing and language portion will count as 47% of their overall score, it is important for students to have experience with and understand the fifth grade writing rubrics that will be used for Milestones scoring. Also note, 35-55% of the items on the fifth grade Milestones are at a DOK 3 or 4 level requiring higher cognitive demands than the previous levels.
It’s Time to Use Formative Assessment to Drive Instruction
Fifth grade teachers are not only teaching grade level standards, but they also have to address many of the learning gaps that have occurred during the past years. Fifth grade is also the first year students add science and social studies to the end of year testing requirement. Teachers have a lot of content area to cover. More than ever teachers need reliable data from quality formative assessments throughout the school year to pinpoint areas of concern and drive small and whole group instruction. This is where Lennections Assesslets come in!