Research studies show that open response/constructed response writing helps improve students‘ retention of content, helps teachers learn what students don‘t understand (formative assessment), and provides data for valid and reliable summative assessments of that knowledge. In addition, open response writing helps prepare students for high-stakes tests!
Open Response Writing: 18 Strategies to Improve Student Performance contains a self-assessment survey for teachers that helps them identify which of the 18 strategies to teach. Each chapter stands alone, so you only teach the high-priority strategies . . . the ones your students have little or no experience with and need the most.