• How Are Students Assessed in Reading?

    Ongoing assessment in reading, as in other areas of the curriculum, is the key to good instruction in a balanced literacy curriculum. Through ongoing observation and assessment of students, teachers gain valuable insights to determine the strengths and needs of each child. Portfolios provide another rich source for noting and documenting progress. Typically, SCASD teachers use the following types of assessments.

    Informal Observations- By observing students' interactions with text, reading their written work, and talking with them about their reading processes, teachers construct an overall picture of each child.

    Anecdotal Notes - Anecdotal notes provide helpful information for assessing reading progress.

    Checklists - Many teachers use checklists of strategies, skills, and cues to gather assessment data.

    Running Records- Running records assess students' reading skills and strategies. They give teachers the quantity and type of information needed to code, score, and analyze reading behaviors. This authentic assessment tool provides teachers with an opportunity to listen to every child read selected texts and gather data on each child's reading strengths and needs regarding phonics, comprehension, and fluency.

        • What is Acadience?  Acadience is a benchmark and progress monitoring system based on direct, frequent and continuous student assessment. The results are reported to students, parents, teachers and administrators via a web-based data management and reporting system to determine response to intervention.
        • How Does Acadience Work?  The Acadience system components provide one comprehensive progress monitoring solution.   
    • Benchmark – Assess all students three times per year for universal screening (early identification), general education progress monitoring. 
    • Strategic Monitor – Monitor at-risk students monthly and evaluate the effectiveness of instructional changes.
    • Progress Monitor – Write individualized annual goals and monitor more frequently for those who need intensive instructional services.

      Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) - Developed by the Northwest Education Association, a non-profit, educational research organization.

          • One Size Doesn’t Fit All
          • Each child learns differently, so we developed computerized adaptive assessments that test differently, allowing teachers to see their students as individuals – each with their own base of knowledge.
          • Tests That Adapt to the Student
          • NWEA Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) tests present students with engaging, age-appropriate content. As a student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty.
          • The result is a rewarding experience for the student, and a wealth of detailed information for teachers, parents and administrators.
          • Powered By Data
          • The underlying data driving the assessment ensures remarkable accuracy, based on over 24 million assessments given over our 30+ years. Our equal-interval RIT scale increases the stability, providing grade-independent analysis of a child's learning.
           • For educators, it means at last having timely information that, used well, can change the course of a student's school year — and life.
           • For more information, you can read MAP's Parent Toolki by opening this link document.


Last Modified on October 25, 2023