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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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the TExES Core Subjects EC-6 - English Language Arts and Reading (901): Practice & Study Guide course
- About the TExES Core Subjects EC-6 Exam
- Skills & Techniques for Children's Linguistic Development
- Teaching Speaking & Listening Skills to Children
- The Development of Phonological & Phonemic Awareness
- Teaching the Alphabet
- Print Awareness & Literacy Development
- Word Identification & Decoding Reading Strategies
- Developing Reading Fluency in Children
- Reading Comprehension Development & Instruction
- Creating Reading Strategies for Students
- Teaching Children's Literature
- Vocabulary Instruction & Assessment
- Research Skills & Critical Thinking for Elementary Students
- English Writing Conventions for Elementary School
- Writing Instruction & Development for Elementary School
- Assessing & Developing Writing Skills
- Teaching Students to Use, Analyze & Understand Media
- Parental Support in Developing Literacy Skills
- The Science of Teaching Reading Standards
- ELAR Instruction in Texas
- TExES Core Subjects EC-6: ELA & Reading Flashcards