Assess, reflect, retry, OH, MY! Well, we know that assessment, TRUE assessment, drives instruction if the teacher reflects on the gaps/problems and then adjusts instruction to support the learner's needs. The following are examples of assessments, observation notes/anecdotals that I use to drive my instruction with the whole class or individual. As always, take what you like and leave what you don't. : )
I use this for "guided reading" observations. I also use this to note goals for the child and track their progress each term. This works for me, it's easy for the parents to understand during conferences and covers everything I need during data meetings.
These data sheets are adapted from Jessica Meacham (www.jmeacham.com). I monitor their growth in each area monthly (unless it is a significantly low child, then I run off sheets to use daily/weekly. I start out using a yellow highlighter and I CIRCLE the ones they get CORRECT (with automaticity). We count and graph their success and woohoo them for their progress.