N T A The Pink Sheet : Informing & Inspiring New Teachers a Kappa Delta Pi publication Volume 22, No. 4 Proving a Negative By Lisa Arter KDP Executive Director FAYE SNODGRESS Managing Editor SALLY RUSHMORE Assistant Editors KATHIE-JO ARNOFF LAURIE QUAY EMILY ZOSS Art Director CHUCK JARRELL NTA Advisors THERESA BECCATELLI HEATHER COWHERD ROBERT GRIGGS MADELINE KOVARIK JACQUELINE MANN LISA MURLEY ROBIN QUICK ADRIENNE LORMÉ REDDY GINA RILEY STEPHANIE SCHAEFER TINA SNOW NICHOLAS J. ULIANO ASSESSMENT STRATEGY ISSN 1070-7379 published four times during the school year by Kappa Delta Pi, 3707 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1158. Send all subscription orders and editorial correspondence to address above, call 1-800-284-3167, or visit KDP Online at www.kdp.org. Subscription rate: $12.00, members, per year, $20.00 for 2 years; $15.00, nonmembers, $25.00 for 2 years. Single copies, $3.50 (+s&h). Third-class bulk permit paid at Columbus, Ohio. Postmaster does not return issue to publisher with address change. Subscriber must send changes to: Kappa Delta Pi, 3707 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1158. ©2015 Kappa Delta Pi. All rights reserved. “He turned in all the work. He says you must’ve lost it.” Lost it? Not possible. I had orga-nized my room and routines, including turning in homework, effectively and methodically. There was no way that I could lose an assignment—much less eight of his. “I can’t prove that your son didn’t do the work. I can only assure you that if he had, there would be a grade for it,” I answered the angry father. Concerned about students’ progress, focused on documenting assessment, and convinced that proving a negative was impossible, I continued to wonder: What could I do to prevent this situation from happening again? A few months later, I slid into the back of a con-ference workshop as a small lady in her 50s stepped to the podium. “My first few years of teaching were a night-mare,” she began. “I had paid attention in all of my credentialing classes, organized my room, and Dr. Arter is an Assistant Professor of English at Southern Utah University where she coordinates the English educa-tion program, supervises student teachers, and teaches K−12 methods courses in English, writing, grammar, and young adult literature. Previously she taught English language arts and literacy intervention at Mt. View Middle School in Beaumont, CA.