Varsity Readers will be hosted in the Educaton Library September 29.
For information on the program see http://www.learningexchange.ubc.ca/trek_program/athletics/varsityreaders.html
UBC varsity athletes visit an inner city school to read with groups of children in elementary schools using books from the UBC Faculty of Education Library. The varsity athletes are positive role models for children and inspire a greater appreciation of reading and books. Before they start volunteering, varsity athletes get an introduction to reading strategies and resources.
The 32-page report, “Assessment in schools: Fit for purpose? A commentary by the Teaching and Learning Research Programme,” recently published in England, is accessible on-line at http://www.tlrp.org/pub/documents/assessment.pdf.
The report, authored by members of the Assessment Reform Group, is a strong challenge to the over-use and mis-use of large-scale standardized tests. The report outlines three widely-held ‘misunderstandings’ about assessment:
* That test scores can be completely accurate (with claims that 30% of English students were placed on wrong levels in the Year 2000 national curriculum tests)
* That short tests can validly capture multi-faceted areas such as writing
An interesting report from the Carnegie Corporation. Time to Act is the capstone report of Carnegie Council for Advancing Adolescent Literacy.
Welcome to the Education Library Blog on the UBC Blogs website. This post is just a notice that we are “getting going on our blog” for the Branch and will be posting announcements of events, documents of interest and other information related to our Branch in the near future. Hopefully it will look a lot more interesting in the very near future.