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Transcript of RAD:

Reading Assessment District 36

Informal Reading Inventories
Primary Purposes:

To gather information about reading comprehension, decoding and fluency
Inform teaching
Provide direction to LIP
Each kit contains:
35 copies of an Initial reading passage on laminated card
35 copies of a Final reading passage on laminated card
Teacher Instructions
Running Record (Gr. 1-3)
Student Response Line Masters for administering assessments
Answer Key
Sturdy Storage Box
Kit with all resources needed for administration

Specific instructions the teacher must follow
Reading Assessment District 36 (RAD)
What is it?

• It is a reading assessment for grade 1-9 students comprised of 6 questions
• RAD is a two-part assessment:
The initial assessment takes place at the beginning of the school year
The final assessment takes place at the end.
• It comes in the form of a short text (2 pages) in which students read and answer the provided questions
Also an oral reading component
1. It will provide the provincial government with an understanding of academic achievement throughout the province.
2. Teachers and administration are able to see overall school results, including the strengths and weaknesses of the school as a whole.
3. The results can help create school wide goals.
4. It can provide direction for the LIP (Learning Improvement Plan) and SMART goals.
5. The directions are concise
6. It is not a multiple choice assessment, so the students have the opportunity to show their understanding at a higher level.
7. Gives the teacher a quick snapshot of where students are at in crucial areas in literacy development.

1. The texts have themes that do not always draw on students’ prior knowledge.
2. The topics are generic and are not culturally sensitive.
3. It only measures students at one or two points of time, not over time.
4. Some teachers teach to the test, some do not. These practices skew the results.
5. Does not provide enough detailed information to plan for instruction.
6. It only measures a select set of skills and does not take into account the full picture of a student's reading abilities.
7. Schema can influence test scores
8. Must meet all descriptors in the detailed rubric in order to score at that particular level. If one is missed, the student is moved down a level
9. It is time consuming.

Process of Constructing Meaning
Focuses on Comprehension, text analysis and word solving strategies
Assessed by a rubric
Students receive one of the following grades depending on their quality of work: exceeds expectations, fully meets expectations, meets expectations and not yet within expectations.

Student Schema
• The RAD assessment has failed to create texts that draw upon all students’ prior knowledge.
• Prior instruction is required to create a knowledge base for the test.

For example, a grade eight themed text is about the Amazon Rainforest, which is a topic that not all grade eight students in Saskatchewan will be familiar with.

Cultural, Linguistic and Ethnic Diversity

• Eliminates culture and diversity. In doing so, the text becomes a generic topic that assumes each student has knowledge of.

• The assessment leaves out important aspects of who a student is and their funds of knowledge, making the text irrelevant and disengaging.

Reading Assessment District Teacher Instructions, 2005
Curriculum Alignment
RAD compliments the ELA resources and Saskatchewan Ministry of Education outcomes

All current English Language Arts resources include specific lessons pertaining to the teaching of reading strategies.
Regina Public Schools, 2012
Reading Assessment District, 2005
Reading Assessment District 36, 2005
Interviews from the following teachers:
Adam Ward – Sacred Heart Community School (Regina)
Terry Wood – Dr. Hanna (Regina)
Dawn Caswell Falk – Fairview Middle School (Swift Current)

Interviews from the following teachers:
Adam Ward – Sacred Heart Community School (Regina)
Terry Wood – Dr. Hanna (Regina)
Dawn Caswell Falk – Fairview Middle School (Swift Current)

Is RAD Valid? Reliable?
From what we have learned...

Valid - It does measure the areas it indicates

Reliable - Only if the scores are the same after the test has been administered twice. Therefore, it may be reliable for some students but not for others.
Grade 6
Who has administered the RAD?

Discuss with your table group what you know about the RAD
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