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Ch 8: Literacy Assessments for Texas Educators

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With this chapter, you can review and test your understanding of the different types and uses of literacy assessments, as well as reading interventions and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills reading standards.

Literacy Assessments for Texas Educators - Chapter Summary

Complete the lessons in this chapter to improve your understanding of the various ways you can assess students' reading skills, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) reading standards, and how you can detect and help students with reading difficulties. These lessons have been composed by our professional instructors so that you may have an effective way to study:

  • How to select the most effective literacy assessment
  • Factors involved in early literacy assessment
  • Different types of literacy assessments
  • Differences between norm-referenced and criterion-references assessments
  • Uses of curriculum-based assessments to assess students' progression
  • Informal reading inventories and assessing students' reading levels
  • Uses of literacy assessments to help you keep students up with TEKS standards
  • Signs of reading difficulties in students and early reading interventions

Following these lessons, use the lesson transcripts to reinforce your retention of the information presented and study the key vocabulary. Then, complete the lesson quizzes to discover topics you don't understand and improve your understanding of those topics by using the video tags to return to and review the parts of the lessons that explains them. Alternatively, use the ask the instructor feature of the lessons to get assistance.

11 Lessons in Chapter 8: Literacy Assessments for Texas Educators
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Selecting Appropriate Literacy Assessments for Students

1. Selecting Appropriate Literacy Assessments for Students

Assessment is a crucial aspect of literacy instruction, but choosing the right assessment makes all the difference. This lesson will cover how to select appropriate assessments for students.

Purpose of Early Literacy Assessments in Young Children

2. Purpose of Early Literacy Assessments in Young Children

Assessing young children as they learn to read is important for many reasons. This lesson outlines some of these and gives insight into the nuances of early literacy screening.

Determining Students' Literacy Levels Through Screening Assessments

3. Determining Students' Literacy Levels Through Screening Assessments

Teachers use literacy assessments to determine specific student needs and focus instruction. This lesson describes the kinds of assessments used for important literacy skills.

Assessing Student Skills in Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening

4. Assessing Student Skills in Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening

Reading, writing, speaking and listening are the major areas of study for all standard English language arts curricula. So how do you assess those skills? Read this lesson to find out.

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

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

What's the best way to score tests? In this lesson, we'll look at two major types of tests that are scored differently from each other: norm-referenced and criterion-referenced tests.

Curriculum-Based Assessment: Definition & Examples

6. Curriculum-Based Assessment: Definition & Examples

Curriculum-based assessment, also called curriculum-based measurement (CBM), is a powerful tool for testing and measuring student progress. This lesson introduces you to CBM and provides examples of the assessments you can use.

Using the Informal Reading Inventory

7. Using the Informal Reading Inventory

The Informal Reading Inventory is a method used to assess individual student reading levels. This assessment should be performed multiple times a year.

Teaching & Assessing TEKS Reading Standards

8. Teaching & Assessing TEKS Reading Standards

In this lesson, learn how assessment in strands, content, and performance standards help measure a student's progress using the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for English Language Arts/Reading.

Identifying Early Signs of a Reading Difficulty

9. Identifying Early Signs of a Reading Difficulty

This lesson introduces the signs and symptoms often displayed by early elementary age students who are having difficulty with reading. Specific signs at each grade level are identified and discussed.

Early Reading Intervention: Programs & Purpose

10. Early Reading Intervention: Programs & Purpose

This lesson highlights early reading intervention programs designed to support students who are at risk for failure in reading. It also discusses why intervention is important.

ESL Reading Assessment Strategies

11. ESL Reading Assessment Strategies

This lesson describes some reading assessment strategies you can apply to ensure comprehension skills in ESL students of varied levels. These strategies provide you with instant feedback on students' progress.

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