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Vernon's Reading Assessment Framework
Transcript of Vernon's Reading Assessment Framework
Universal Screening & Benchmark Assessments
Diagnostic Assessments are used to identify key areas of instruction needed to accelerate learning so students can reach end of year grade level benchmark.
For 4-8 we use easyCBMs, which stands for Easy Curriculm Based Measures. easyCBMs are taken online and take about 30-50 min. They include reading comprehension & vocabulary.
K-3 uses DIBELS which stands for Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills. These short tests assess early childhood literacy. DIBELS is an interview assessment and each interview takes from 2 - 10 min. K-2 students also go through a series of phonics tests, these help us tell us if student know their letters, sounds & vowels. These quick tests usually take 2 - 5 min.
Universal Screeners & Benchmark Assessments help teachers quickly see where a student is related to grade level material and if they are progressing through the curriculm at an appropriate pace.
At the beginning of the year all students (K-8) are universally screened. This helps teachers know how to differentiate for students and which students might need some support on specific skills.
The key to a Diagnostic Assessment is that it pinpoints a specfic skill that a student needs support on.
Have students compare and contrast a topic using a Venn Diagram.
Have students build/create something that requires that they apply what they have learned.
Dioramas, Posters, Fancy File Folders, Collages, ABC Books. Any creative ideas that students can come up with to demonstrate additional understanding of a concept.
Short quiz with two to three questions given right at the end of class and students use them to exit the room. Quick way to check for understanding.
Students respond on blogs to questions from teachers and respond to each others thinking and understanding.
Students reflect on their own work and how
Write it Down
Have students write down an explanation of what they understand. Read these explainations to help inform your instruction. Write comments or give feedback to students.
The vast majority of assessments in a students academic experience are formative. Formative assessments are a range of formal and informal assessment procedures employed by teachers during the learning process in order to modify teaching and learning activities to improve student success.
Formative Assessments shape a teachers practice. Formative Assessments allow for flexiblity in the lesson and student driven learning.
Progress Monitoring assess a specific skill that a student is working on. Teachers will implement an educational intervention and than assess to ensure that the intervention is effective in helping improve a student's learning.
Sometimes the Universal Screener helps with that and other times we need to dig deeper, using curriculm based assessments, phonics surveys or other skill specific assessments to diagnos what will best meet the students needs.
Progress Monitoring is used for students who are at risk of not meeting benchmarks.