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1 Day Workshops

Assessing Writing: Diagnostic, Formative, and Summative Strategies – Summer Institute 2020

Writing is, by nature, a subjective activity. Given inherent differences in personal style, voice, and overall expression, it can be challenging to assess student progress and provide objective feedback on written work. This workshop will provide an overview of diagnostic writing assessment, process writing, and evaluation of student writing. Strategies for informal skill assessment during class activities will be covered, as well as the creation of effective rubrics to make the assessment of summative writing assignments more transparent for both the teacher and the student. Participants will assess sample writing at various levels of ability to identify important elements for assessment, as well as learn how to individualize this process based on student needs. Portfolio assessment will also be discussed as a means of tracking student progress and promoting metacognition.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the steps in process writing and identify how each could be effectively assessed.
  • Identify the difference between diagnostic, formative, and summative assessment of writing skills.
  • Create writing assignments that assist in monitoring student progress.
  • Formulate clear criteria for assessing writing that help students understand their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as guide the evaluation process for teachers.



This course is appropriate for educators at all levels.


This course is offered for 0.5 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

Course Information

5 Hours/PDPs
0.5 ASHA CEUs (optional)
Dates/Time Price
July 10, 2020
8:30am - 3:00pm

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About the Instructor

Keryn Kwedor

Keryn has taught at Landmark High School in the language arts and literature departments since 2003. As associate director, she manages content development and production, and she assists in overseeing all aspects of the program. For Outreach, Keryn has been a school consultant, produced materials for the DESE, and organized the Professional Development Seminars for Cape Cod Educators, in addition to coordinating and teaching courses for the Summer Institute, Landmark Outreach Online, and the Landmark SNHU partnership. Keryn holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Colby College and a master’s degree in special education from Simmons University.


Financial:  Mrs. Kwedor receives compensation in the form of her salary as Associate Director of the Outreach Program.
Nonfinancial: Mrs. Kwedor states no nonfinancial relationship exists.

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