Ch 12: Assessing Students Literacy Levels

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Learn all about best practices for assessing student literacy levels in this very informative chapter. Topics range from test types and curriculum examples to phonics, spelling, and selecting appropriate differentiated assessments. Sharpen your knowledge about the ins and outs of assessing student literacy upon completion of this chapter.

Assessing Student Literacy Levels - Chapter Summary

Properly assessing student literacy levels is vital to their success and requires deep knowledge of best practices and strategies to accurately gauge their level. This chapter covers important foundational background information to assess students to they can build upon their current reading level. Topics covered include:

  • Types of Tests: Norm-Referenced vs. Criterion-Referenced
  • Curriculum-Based Assessment: Definitions & Examples
  • Assessment Techniques for Print Awareness
  • Choosing Assessments for Phonics & Word Identification
  • Assessing Spelling Skills: Methods & Examples
  • Techniques for Assessing Student Fluency
  • Using Differentiated Assessments to Diagnose Reading Deficits
  • Methods for Determining Students' Reading Level
  • Assessment Techniques for Reading Comprehension
  • Selecting Appropriate Literacy Assessments for Students

Informative and detailed lessons make this chapter valuable for applying best practices for assessing student literacy levels. Pinpointing student reading levels requires many steps and strategies and this chapter is a goldmine of valuable information. Our course provides videos, resources, strategies, and chapter summaries and our instructors are available to answer questions as needed. Work through the material at your own pace, track your chapter progress on your dashboard, and take quizzes to ensure retention of course material.

15 Lessons in Chapter 12: Assessing Students Literacy Levels
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Types of Tests: Norm-Referenced vs. Criterion-Referenced

1. Types of Tests: Norm-Referenced vs. Criterion-Referenced

A test is a process used to measure a particular outcome. Learn why measurement is important in psychology and explore two major types of tests employed in psychological measurement: norm-referenced and criterion-referenced tests.

Curriculum-Based Assessment: Definition & Examples

2. Curriculum-Based Assessment: Definition & Examples

Curriculum-based assessment is a powerful tool for testing and measuring student progress. Learn the definition and process of curriculum-based assessment, and explore some examples of how to use the gathered data.

Assessment Techniques for Print Awareness

3. Assessment Techniques for Print Awareness

To learn handwriting and literacy a student must have a grasp on print concepts. In this lesson, we will go over successful techniques that gauge whether or not a student has print awareness.

Choosing Assessments for Phonics & Word Identification

4. Choosing Assessments for Phonics & Word Identification

Assessing emerging literacy skills, like phonics and word identification, gives teachers important data. This lesson shows how to choose and use assessments for phonics and word identification.

Assessing Spelling Skills: Methods & Examples

5. Assessing Spelling Skills: Methods & Examples

Would you like to learn more about assessing spelling skills of your early childhood students? The following lesson will aid you as you monitor their progress, and will give you information to enhance their spelling knowledge.

Promoting & Assessing Sight Word Automaticity

6. Promoting & Assessing Sight Word Automaticity

One of the most important ways to help emergent readers gain in competence and fluency is by promoting their awareness of sight words. In this lesson, learn how to assess students' knowledge of sight words and how to promote development of automaticity.

Measuring Students' Accuracy, Rate & Prosody Levels Through Assessments

7. Measuring Students' Accuracy, Rate & Prosody Levels Through Assessments

There are several components of reading that are often assessed to gain insight into student ability. Learn the measurements and calculations that are typically used in assessments for accuracy, rate, and prosody.

Techniques for Assessing Student Fluency

8. Techniques for Assessing Student Fluency

Fluency is an important component of reading, and to teach it properly, we need to know how to assess it. This lesson gives you strategies for assessing the components of fluency.

Running Record: Definition, Examples & Analysis

9. Running Record: Definition, Examples & Analysis

Running records give teachers the knowledge to assess the performance of students in the classroom over time in their reading abilities and help to aid their learning. Learn more about running records, their definition, and analysis with examples.

Using Differentiated Assessments to Diagnose Reading Deficits

10. Using Differentiated Assessments to Diagnose Reading Deficits

If you're interested in figuring out the nature and implications of a child's strengths and weaknesses as a reader, then you'll probably want to use differentiated assessments. This lesson offers an overview about how differentiated assessment can work.

Using the Informal Reading Inventory

11. Using the Informal Reading Inventory

The Informal Reading Inventory (IRI) measures an individual child's reading progress using subjective decision made by the teacher. Identify the main purpose of the IRI and the procedures that are followed.

Methods for Determining Students' Reading Level

12. Methods for Determining Students' Reading Level

As students can be at different levels of reading expertise, it is important to accurately determine their abilities. Learn more about the methods for measuring their reading levels, their effectivity, and how to use them properly.

Assessment Techniques for Reading Comprehension

13. Assessment Techniques for Reading Comprehension

Different assessment techniques can be used to gauge the progression of students in performance with reading comprehension and the level of skill attained. Learn about the different kinds of techniques, their definitions, functions, and application.

What is Ongoing Assessment? - Definition & Examples

14. What is Ongoing Assessment? - Definition & Examples

Teachers should use ongoing assessments to check how their students are doing throughout the learning process. Learn the definition of ongoing assessments, explore why to use them, and take a look at a few examples.

Selecting Appropriate Literacy Assessments for Students

15. Selecting Appropriate Literacy Assessments for Students

Choosing a literacy assessment that is appropriate for a specific classroom or student is important for improving teaching. Explore how decoding, fluency, and comprehension are each assessed to better understand different types of assessments.

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