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Mary Carsley
Response to Maze Assessment
Sat Jun 13, 2015 14:36
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I agree completely! The fill in the blanks types of assessments seem rather two dimensional to me, too. It does not seem to allow much room for inference or a deeper understanding of the story...It seems to just brush the surface of what true comprehension is. But, one of the most challenging tasks I undertake every day in my classroom, is trying to get a sense of what my students who are nonverbal really understand. Sometimes, multiple choice questions with picture supports is the best I can come up with.

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    • Response to Maze Assessment - Mary Carsley, Sat Jun 13 14:36
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