Frankly Freddy Blog

TextProject president and CEO Elfrieda H. (Freddy) Hiebert blogs about important issues in reading research and practice.

Frankly Freddy entries (published from 2005 to 2014) have been sorted into five topics of literacy learning and instruction. Click here to download the ebook!

Summary of David Francis on “CCSS Assessments and Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners”

Posted by Elfrieda H. Hiebert on 25 July 2013

Summary of Dr. Francis's take on what the new-generation of assessments means for students with disabilities and ELLs.

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Summary of Peter Afflerbach on “Formative Assessments and the Common Core: Text Complexity to Task Complexity”

Posted by Elfrieda H. Hiebert on 16 July 2013

Summary of Peter Afflerbach's take on formative versus summative assessments and the role both play in students' learning.

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Summary of P. David Pearson on Will Our Tests Support or Subvert Our Vision of Deeper Learning of English/Language Arts?

Posted by Elfrieda H. Hiebert on 9 July 2013

Summary of P. David Pearson's review on the history of assessments and unique features of the next generation of assessments.

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Summary of David Coleman on Assessments That Support the Goals of the Common Core State Standards

Posted by Elfrieda H. Hiebert on 2 July 2013

Summary of David Coleman's vision for the new Common Core Assessments and a few points of tension.

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An Inside View of the New Assessments

Posted by Elfrieda H. Hiebert on 8 May 2013

Freddy discusses the computer adaptive assessment portion of the new upcoming assessments.

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FYI for Kids: Building Students’ Capacity for Complex Text

Posted by Elfrieda H. Hiebert on 12 April 2013

How does the magazine format help students read more complex texts?

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7 Actions That Literacy Leaders Can Take Right Now: Text Complexity

Posted by Elfrieda H. Hiebert on 27 February 2013

Seven actions in which literacy leaders can support teachers in ensuring students’ increased capacity with complex text.

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7 Ways to make the 7 Minute Challenge Produce Learning

Posted by Elfrieda H. Hiebert on 20 November 2012

Can 7 minutes of reading really make a difference? 

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It’s Not Just Informational Text That Supports Knowledge Acquisition: The Critical Role of Narrative Text in the Common Core State Standards

Posted by Elfrieda H. Hiebert on 12 September 2012

Literature allows for examination of the influences of culture and history on individuals, not simply on our personal responses to texts. Guiding students in understanding how culture and history influences individual development and agency is part of the bigger picture.

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