7 Nov 2013
Hiebert, E.H. (2013). For the CCSS Assessments and Beyond: Develop Your Students' Stamina for Grappling with Complex Texts. Reading Today, 31(2), p18-19.
The inclusion of a standard on text complexity represents the most unique of several distinguishing features of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts. By reading texts at ever-accelerating complexity levels over a school career, students are expected to be profi cient with the texts of college and careers upon high school graduation. Teachers are working vigorously to identify how to best apply this standard to their daily classroom instruction.
However, in the frenzy over ensuring that classroom texts are complex enough, little attention has been paid to the contexts in which students’ reading of these complex texts will be assessed. A key distinction between assessment and instruction is what students are asked to do with texts.