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    By Kellie

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    Every Friday I give a quick assessment from our basal reader teacher's guide. We have Scholastic's Literacy Place. The children must read a list of 15 words that have the phonics rules of that week and 10 high frequency words. The child then reads two sentences. There is a third part I grade as writing: I dictate three words with the phonics rules and two sentences that also have the phonics rules and a couple simple sight words which they write. (I always do the written part as a whole group after the spelling test.)I assign independent work and call one child at a time to go through the test. I also have been giving them a Guided Reading book to read orally and assessing whether or not he or she understands the comprehension focus of that week. It takes about 1/2 hour to test 10 students if there aren't too many interuptions in between. Having an aid do this with you is helpful and you can catch kids throughout the day. I also use a Dolch word assessment throughout the week. We have the Accelerated Reader Program. I require that each child read and test on at least 2 books with a score of 80% or higher. If they maintain this goal they will receive the average of their AR score as one of the grades at the end of the quarter. I have only 9 students in my class so I really get to know each one's abilities and can assess as often as I do. But you could do half the class one week and the other half the next...I think reading can be one the toughest things to grade because they are all progressing at different speeds and to give a low grade to an emerging reader seems so wrong.

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