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Course SummaryReview reading instructional strategies, curriculum planning practices and assessment methods with this comprehensive test prep course. This course is designed to cover topics you would be tested on when taking the Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educators (PLACE) Reading Specialist exam.
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About This Course
This course can help you learn or review the topics you'll need to know about to pass the Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educators (PLACE) exam. It offers a plethora of chapters that contain short video lessons and quizzes on reading instruction and research. The topics included in this course are:
- Reading program foundations
- Planning a reading curriculum
- Identifying reading disabilities and instructing special needs students
- Reading assessment types, techniques, and issues
- Research and partnerships in reading instruction
- Reading programs, teaching approaches, and effective instruction
- Professional teaching skills and development and legal issues in reading instruction
- Cultural and language concerns associated with reading instruction
About The Exam
The purpose of the PLACE Reading Specialist exam is to ensure that you have the knowledge necessary to receive licensure to become a reading specialist in the state of Colorado. The computerized exam features a number of multiple-choice questions based on related subareas. You'll have 4 1/2 hours to complete the exam.
Preparing and Registering for the PLACE Reading Specialist Exam
The PLACE Reading Specialist: Practice & Study Guide features chapters that cover all the topics in the subareas on the reading specialist exam. In addition to video lessons, lesson transcripts are provided if you'd rather read instead of watching the video lessons. Some of these lessons include information on reading disabilities, utilizing community reading resources, and evaluating reading plans. The quizzes at the end of each lesson provide you with opportunities to practice answering questions similar to those on the exam. After taking this course, you will feel more at ease about taking the PLACE Reading Specialist exam.
The PLACE Reading Specialist exam is offered 3 times a year; the dates usually include August, November, and May. Registration is done online, and you can request to have special arrangements made, including paper tests, if you have proof of a disability. On the day of your exam, you are required to bring your admissions ticket, two number 2 pencils, and photo identification to the testing site.
Scoring the PLACE Reading Specialist Exam
Your score will depend upon the number of questions in which you provided the correct answers. The score range is 100-300 with a minimum passing score of 220. Your test score will be available online at 10:00 pm Mountain Time about two weeks after your test date.
The Reading Program
Exam topics covered: Show your understanding of creating and using the appropriate reading curriculum for elementary and secondary levels, methods for structuring reading groups, approaches to school reading plans, aspects of school reading programs, and the pathways of teaching reading.
What you'll study: The topics covered in this course include the steps involved in learning how to read, curriculum planning, phonics, curriculum and instruction, effective reading programs, reading instruction methods, and ideas for encouraging reading progress.
Exam topics covered: Establish methods for assessing reading skills and checking students' understanding of reading content as well as their abilities to study and research topics.
What you'll learn: Techniques for evaluating students' phonics skills and vocabulary, informal and formal assessments, qualities that make good assessments, standardized assessments and tests, summarization of assessment results, high-stakes testing and records maintenance.
Exam topics covered: Describe characteristics of students who have extraordinary reading needs and circumstances or reading disabilities, understand the process for identifying individuals and groups of students who have special circumstances that prevent them from learning how to read, discuss methods and plans for helping students who need special help with reading, and teach reaching with language and cultural distinctions in mind.
What you'll learn: Our lessons teach you about recognizing reading difficulties like dyslexia, developing programs for students with special circumstances or problems with reading, cognitive and social functioning delays, bilingual education, and characteristics of students with special needs.
Program Organization, Administration, and Leadership
Exam topics covered: Ways to use and perform research for reading, getting parents to participate in reading plans, using structured and unstructured methods to evaluate the reading progress for a school or district, determining the correct learning aids for a reading program, understanding how to assess reading plans, knowing the significance of working with individuals inside and outside of the school to accomplish reading goals, being aware of education laws and regulations, and identifying staff development processes.
What you'll learn: Lessons focus on reading instruction research, using trends found in reading research, how to use research for the purposes of advancing classroom reading instruction, understanding parenting styles and parent-child connections, education partnerships, methods for including family and outside professionals in child evaluations, community reading resources, teacher expectations, effective teaching methods, education reforms, special education services, and government's role in education.
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