8 Valuable Student Artifacts That Inform Literacy Instruction

Updated: Jan 23, 2021


We all know that test scores aren’t the complete picture of a reader and a writer. Test scores do not define a reader's growth and progress in literacy. Let me say that again for the people in the back...test scores do not define a reader's growth and progress in literacy.


A student literacy portfolio will help you and your students to SEE their growth and progress.

Students are required to take the dreaded and prescribed state standardized test, MAP testing, or any other computer program that creates standardized tests from a bank of multiple-choice questions, but that is not going to provide you with what you need to know to grow the unique readers within your classrooms.

You are required to analyze the standardized data to inform your instruction but you need to include analysis of authentic “data” that will create a more complete picture of a student.

If you want to know what a literacy portfolio is and how to assemble one, grab this little tool to your right. It's found in my FREE Literacy Treasures Resource Library.


Let’s look at the authentic literacy artifact "data" that can be assembled in the student literacy portfolio to determine progress made, ongoing goals and next steps to reach those goals.

Student Stop and Jots

Written student responses to any reading text can provide you with a plethora of information.

You will “see” into a reader’s mind when you look through the reader's jots about his/her own independent reading.

You are provided with your readers' “inside thoughts” and the comprehension strategies your readers rely on when reading independently.