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Outcomes-Driven Formative Assessment in Middle School: A Fireside Chat

Join us for this enlightening conversation as our Acadience® Learning experts discuss how to implement formative assessment of content-area reading in the middle school environment and why that is important. Lessons learned from successful implementation of Acadience® Reading assessments in K–6 will be shared. We will discuss how and why implementation of formative assessment may differ for middle school. A framework for decision making, called the Outcomes-Driven Model, also will be shared and its use in middle school will be illustrated.

Attendees will learn:

  • Useful information about formative assessments of content-area reading skills for use in grades 7 and 8
  • How the use of these formative assessments within a decision-making framework focused on improving outcomes
  • The benefits of this approach and the structure of these assessments
  • Why it is imperative to focus on students in middle school


Dr. Kelly A. Powell-Smith

Dr. Kelly A. Powell-Smith

Dr. Kelly A. Powell-Smith is Vice President and Associate Director of Research & Development at Acadience Learning, where she conducts research on assessment and intervention related to early childhood language and literacy development. Dr. Powell-Smith, a nationally certified school psychologist, obtained her doctorate in school psychology from the University of Oregon. She is a former Associate Professor of School Psychology at the University of South Florida. She was a faculty associate of the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) and a consultant with the Eastern Regional Reading First Technical Assistance Center (ERRFTAC). She has provided training in formative assessment and academic interventions in 22 states and Canada. Dr. Powell-Smith has conducted research related to children with various learning and behavioral difficulties, has served on the editorial boards for School Psychology Review, Psychology in the Schools, School Psychology Forum, Journal of Evidence Based Practices for Schools, and Proven Practice in the Prevention and Remediation of School Problems, and has conducted more than 230 national, state, and regional workshops and presentations.


Kristen Biadasz

Kristen Biadasz, Product Marketing Manager, Assessment, Voyager Sopris Learning

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