Assessment

Why Are Decodable Running Records Better Than Leveled Running Records?
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Why Are Decodable Running Records Better Than Leveled Running Records?

The number one reason for switching to decodable running records is that they allow you to assess and target your students’ reading skills in a way that aligns with the Science of Reading. Decodable running records are IN! Leveled running records are OUT! Are you frustrated with leveled running records? As long-time proponents of the…

What You Need to Know About Decodable Running Records
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What You Need to Know About Decodable Running Records

Proponents of the science of reading realize leveled running records are flawed, but we also know decodable running records provide a wealth of information. You just have to know what to look for. There has been a lot of discussion about how to determine students’ mastery of foundational skills. We’ve written extensively about assessing essential…

Back to School:  Getting to Know Your Second and Third Grade Readers
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Back to School: Getting to Know Your Second and Third Grade Readers

Essential Assessments for Second and Third Grade Readers Second and third grade is where the ‘rubber meets the road,’ so to speak. Much of kindergarten and first grade reading instruction focuses on building phonological awareness skills and applying the alphabetic principle. Comprehension and vocabulary are addressed primarily through read aloud. In second and third grade, students are…

Back to School:  Getting to Know Your First Grade Readers
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Back to School: Getting to Know Your First Grade Readers

It’s Back to School time! Looking for some fun reading tips and activities your children will love? This post offers free printables that will make the first weeks of school a success for students and teachers! Essential Back to School Assessments for Early Readers Back to School is an exciting time for primary students! First…

Back to School:  Getting to Know Your Kindergarten Readers
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Back to School: Getting to Know Your Kindergarten Readers

Essential Assessments for Kindergarten Readers “Back-to-School” is the best time of year.  The kindergartners arrive at the classroom door, shining and smiling in their new school clothes, eager to learn. There is a LOT to learn.  First, they have to learn how to ‘do’ school.  They have to learn where the bathroom is, how to share…

What is the Best Way to Use Decodable Running Records?
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What is the Best Way to Use Decodable Running Records?

The best way to use decodable running records, or any progress monitoring tool for that matter, is to use the results to inform instruction. We urge educators to move beyond the pass/fail mentality. Educators are diagnosticians. We must approach every assessment through that lens, and ask ourselves, “What does this tell me about what this…