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Our school is looking at new ways to grade for reading in second grade. Right now we are reading a story from the basal series and are testing students weekly on the book using a teacher made test. This year's groups of students are very low and needy and can not read the tests on their own. What do you use to grade to make sure the students have mastered the skills? (We are supposed to give grades, and can not do away with grades-much to my dismiss). Thanks!


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What reading series do you have? What are you testing? Comprehension? Specific skills like sequencing, drawing conclusions, etc.? Vocabulary? All? Multiple choice sounds like it would be easier than it would be for your students to answer in sentence format.

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Can your district afford to switch to something like DRA (from Pearson) or the Fountas and Pinnell program? These are time consuming to administer at first but give you a plethora of information. Tests for comprehension, fluency, word attack skills, interpretation .

Or, there might be something in Marie Clays Reading Observation Survey (not sure of exact title, it's been a while) that you can cobble together.
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We use the assessment that are included in the basal series resources. If tests for comprehension skills are read to them, that grade would fall under a listening skill. If we have to read it to a few, we lower their grade. A reading skill would have to be the student reading the story themselves. And, as a PP stated, there are a lot of skills that fall under the comprehension umbrella.

Have you looked at readworks.org? Perhaps that would help you. You could use the basal series to model and teach a skill. Then try the readworks site - it's free and has quizzes. You can look up passages by lexile levels and specific skills. If you don't know the reading (lexile) level there are many comparison charts online such as this one https://www.readinga-z.com/learninga...elation-chart/
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Perhaps your colleagues can agree to do what I did for years as a special education teacher. A quick and easy solution is to develop a set of criterion-referenced tests for each reading level: beginning, intermediate, advanced. You can learn about such tests on the web and how to set up a scoring system. Basically, you establish specific objectives for assessment: Beginning Level - Ask and answer questions such as who, what where and when. Intermediate Level - Ask and answer questions such as why and how. Advanced Level - Ask and answer reflective/speculative questions such as Why do you think . . .

An hour's worth of collaborative work with all the second grade teachers should result in what you need! Just use a few of the most basic curriculum standards to get started - additional assessment objectives can always be added later.


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