Focused Assessment: Enriching the Instructional Cycle uses a research-based design that promotes an ongoing A¼check for understandingA¼ throughout the learning process. The focused assessment model teaches the use of purposeful and relevant assessment, from preassessment to the completion of a final student product. It involves students in the process of gaining a clear understanding of their skill and knowledge proficiency and takes into account different learning styles, so that students may demonstrate evidence of competence in ways that make sense to them. Lastly, focused assessment is a consistent reflection of content standardsA¼the objectives that were actually taughtA¼and student data.Focused Assessment takes the educator through a systematic process that embraces the concept of A¼assessment for learning.A¼ It provides customizations that enable all learners to demonstrate proficiency according to their readiness level.Focused Assessment: Enriching the Instructional Cycle explains how assessment can become a natural part of learning. Using the same, step-by-step approach found in Focused Instruction: An Innovative Teaching Model for All Learners, this book provides research-based techniques for creating assessments that make sense to students and that enable teachers to continually refine the way they present lessons. Find out how to:A¼Choose the right assessment format A¼Check for understanding throughout the instructional cycle A¼Assess at the three levels of learning Using purposeful, continuous, and focused assessments at every stage of the learning process dramatically improves both student achievement and teacher effectiveness.Ms. Maroa#39;s Seventh-Grade Classroom Seventh-grade language-arts teacher Juanita Maro from Millworth Middle School decided to use data from two different ... Next, Ms. Maro looked at portfolio assessment samples from the previous year to determine student writing abilities in the different writing traits. ... Table 2-4 is a copy of the rubric that the sixth-grade teachers used to score a persuasive essay.