The language arts continuum sets the standards which students are expected to reach over time. Teachers assess a student's progress within the continuum from daily student work, reading and writing samples, teacher observation, and individual, small group, and whole class performance. The formal assessments listed below are given at specified times throughout the year. These assessments help teachers to measure each student's progress toward developing the reading competencies for meeting the standards. Your child's teacher will be happy to discuss the meaning of these assessment tools, and provide you with additional information.