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Old 08-27-2017, 10:53 AM
 
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I was told that this year we will be assessing our students every other week based on their guided reading results.

I am having difficulty with this, as the guided reading levels vary depending on the book.

We assess three times a year based on DRA scores, but the administration wants more frequent assessments, that are measurable.

How do you assess your students?
How frequently do you assess your students?
How do you report these assessments to your administration?

Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.


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We test with DRA as you mentioned. In addition, I take a running record on one student during the Day2 of each group's lesson. I usually just spend two days on each book. So for my lowest kids that I meet with everyday, they are assessed more frequently vs. the groups that meet every other day. I don't report it to anyone. It's just to give me info so I know if I am on track book level wise.
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We also do Guided Reading.
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I do a running record with one child in each group every day. Then, four times a year, we do benchmark testing with Fountas and Pinnell benchmark kits. We had been doing it 3 times a year, but now the principal wants it 4 times a year. He sends out a form that we have to fill out showing our test results on benchmarks. Once in a while, he will call for our last 3 running records on our 3 lowest students.
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Old 09-02-2017, 03:50 PM
 
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Students should be receiving guided reading based on their instructional reading level. You would not change levels until they are ready to move up. I do regular on the fly running records on the kids in each group, much like the other posters. This is informal data to drive my instruction.
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Hi friend! We do running records 3 times a quarter. I usually have the students do a writing activity based on the story while I do running records on each child in the group. I like to use the same story for all kids because I think it offers a similar comparison. Usually I can get a whole group done in one rotation but I don't try to do all my groups on the same day.

We don't necessarily have to report these to anyone but sometimes the reading specialists will ask about them and if a kid has issues, it is good to have documentation. I keep mine until the end of the year. Also, I make a spread sheet with each child's name and 3 spaces under it so I can make sure that I get every kid 3 times in the quarter. It helps me stay organized.


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