Mary Buren Elementary School is the only elementary school in the Guadalupe
Union School District.
It serves children from Kindergarten through fifth grade.
assessment, writing samples were taken from twenty third grade students from Mary
Each day, thirty minutes of class time is devoted to specific writing
instruction, and two and a half hours are devoted to reading and language arts.
Of the twenty students I am assessing, nine of them are English learners and el-
even are proficient English learners.
One student has an Individualized Education Plan
(IEP) or 504 plan.
For the nine English learners, this is a transitional English Immersion
classroom because they received reading instruction in Spanish over the previous year.
Figure 1 shows the number of students at each CELDT (California English Language
Development Test) Level in different modalities.
The teachers may use GLAD (the
Guided Language Acquisition Design)/SDAIE (Specially Designed Academic Instruction
in English) techniques to make instruction comprehensible to students. As a whole
class, they primarily use Open Court 2000 as their textbook and instructional program
for Language Arts.
Furthermore, Step Up to Writing is used for literacy instruction in this
Step Up to Writing is a standards based supplement to teaching writing, contain-
ing mini-lessons that teach basic writing skills such as organization, content, word
choice, and more.
Early Intermediate L2
Early Advanced L4
For this assignment, the students were asked to write a narrative style composi-
The writing directions for the third grade students were as follows: “Write one para-
graph or more describing a time when you were a good friend.”
As I evaluated their
writings, I used a standardized rubric for assessment that is related to their third grade
The rubric allowed the students to be assessed on their organiza-
tion (beginning, middle and end), content (details, descriptions, word choice, purpose),
style (syntax, variety of sentences), and neatness and CUPS (capitalization, usage,
Each student was scored on a 1-4 scale where 1 is below basic,
2 is basic, 3 is proficient, and 4 is advanced.
A copy of said rubric has been attached
Task 4: Assessment of Student Learning