Assessment

How to Assess Students with Science of Reading Aligned Decodable Running Records
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How to Assess Students with Science of Reading Aligned Decodable Running Records

You know that assessing with leveled readers is just not giving you the information you need to help your students, but what is a teacher to do? The answer is to use decodable running records. Some folks are suggesting that running records are not a helpful assessment tool and teachers should not bother administering them….

What is the Best Way to Begin Teaching Reading in Kindergarten?
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What is the Best Way to Begin Teaching Reading in Kindergarten?

The best way to begin teaching reading in kindergarten is to resist the urge to jump right into instruction. First, you need to know where to start and then you need to know where you are going. We refer to this instructional cycle as “Assess, Analyze, Instruct”. At Informed Literacy it is our core belief…

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How to Calculate Fluency Rate

Why Calculating Correct Words Per Minute  Matters We often find ourselves discussing fluency rate and the proper way to score fluency assessments.  Some people are in the camp of counting ‘words per minute’.  Others hold the stance of scoring ‘correct words per minute’.  We firmly believe in scoring ‘correct words per minute’ because fluency is not just…