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Ch 1: Reading Assessment Techniques

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This chapter fleshes out several forms and techniques of assessing student reading, arming you with a greater amount of subject-relevant knowledge and strategies through a series of easy-to-follow lessons.

Reading Assessment Techniques - Chapter Summary

This chapter deals with how best to measure the reading development of your students, with lessons that detail different assessment styles, techniques for picking assessments for word identification, and how to process assessment results. You will also encounter engaging lessons on the following topics:

  • Goals of early literacy assessments
  • Choosing appropriate literacy assessments
  • Taking stock of students' literacy levels by means of screening assessments
  • Testing students' accuracy, rate and prosody levels
  • Utilizing the informal reading inventory
  • The cloze procedure
  • Strategies for determining the reading level of students

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10 Lessons in Chapter 1: Reading Assessment Techniques
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Forms of Assessment: Informal, Formal, Paper-Pencil & Performance Assessments

1. Forms of Assessment: Informal, Formal, Paper-Pencil & Performance Assessments

Educators often need to assess students' learning and achievement. There are multiple forms of assessments that educators use to not only gain knowledge about a student's level of understanding but also to guide the direction of future lessons and course curriculum. This lesson will differentiate between formal and informal assessments and paper-pencil versus performance-based assessments used in educational settings.

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.

Selecting Appropriate Literacy Assessments for Students

3. 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.

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.

Determining Students' Literacy Levels Through Screening Assessments

5. 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.

Measuring Students' Accuracy, Rate & Prosody Levels Through Assessments

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

Measuring a student's reading requires a close look at several components, such as accuracy, rate, and prosody. What are these things, and how are they assessed? This lesson outlines ways to select or design an assessment that measures these components of reading.

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.

Using Cloze for Assessment

8. Using Cloze for Assessment

The cloze procedure is a useful tool for reading assessment. This lesson will detail several ways you can use the procedure to assess your students' reading comprehension and grammar skills.

Summarizing Assessment Results: Comparing Test Scores to a Larger Population

9. Summarizing Assessment Results: Comparing Test Scores to a Larger Population

Assessment results can yield valuable information about the individual test-taker and the larger population of test-takers. This lesson will describe how to compare test scores to a larger population by explaining standard score, stanines, z-score, percentile rank and cumulative percentage.

Methods for Determining Students' Reading Level

10. Methods for Determining Students' Reading Level

Assessment is essential. All students are at different reading levels and abilities. Watch this video lesson to learn ways to assess the reading level of your students.

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