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Why Wait? Assess and Remediate!

You already know it’s important to evaluate your students periodically. But what’s the best way to assess? And how do you interpret the data? Assessments aren’t the end of the learning process. Once you’ve evaluated your students, it’s time to start remediation based on the data gleaned from assessments.


Early learning assessments pave the way for an individualized approach to instruction and remediation. Pinning down individual student’s strengths and weakness makes corrective action personalized and efficient.


The Screener of Handwriting Proficiency is a free, easy to administer, classroom assessment that provides guidance on overall handwriting instruction and helps you identify classes and students who are struggling with handwriting and early writing skills.


The Screener is universal and can be used independently or as part of an RtI framework. Administer the Screener to your whole class in just 10–15 minutes, then score online and instantly receive individual and class reports. Handwriting tips and remediation suggestions help you better focus your classroom instruction in handwriting.


Re-teaching vs. Remediation


Remediation should not be confused with re-teaching. Re-teaching is simply restating the same material, sometimes at a slower pace, so children have additional time to process the information. Remediation is strategic and targeted and involves using differentiated modes of instruction to meet the needs of all students.


The Importance of Reassessment


Poor performance on the first assessment is not students' fault in every case. Maybe the teaching strategies used during the initial instruction were inappropriate for these students or students might understand the material, but misunderstand the prompts.  


Some assessment experts actually assert that students learn nothing from a successful performance. Rather, through making mistakes on an initial assessment, both students and teachers will learn their academic shortcomings, and then use that information to inform their future progress.


If you feel that extenuating circumstances warrant reassessing a particular student, it’s always a good idea to administer the evaluation again for accuracy.


Learn more about the Screener of Handwriting Proficiency. 

By Megan Parker Megan Parker received her Bachelor of Science degree in English from Towson University. She has a background in writing for children that includes working in the editorial department at Girls’ Life magazine, where she wrote for the print magazine and website. She has versatile experience as a writer, editor, and copywriter, and her writing has been published in magazines and newspapers. When she’s not having fun creating imaginative content at Learning Without Tears, she loves to travel the world.