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Ongoing assessment for reading

By Jeanne Gunther

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

Ongoing assessment for reading

By Jeanne Gunther

Students in the United States are tested more frequently than any in the world, but formal assessments are often administered too late for teachers to use what they learn from them to help their students. Ongoing assessment is a crucial part of teaching and learning, especially for skills like reading. By using structured assessments as part of a dialogue between teacher and student, they can be made less formal, more authentic, and more welcome in the classroom.

This edition explains the use of running records and miscue analysis, tools that help a teacher to identify patterns in student reading behaviors and the strategies a reader uses to make sense of text. As part of an ongoing conversation, these assessments can help guide further instruction. Audio recordings of children reading with sample assessments and analysis will show you how to manage and learn from the process, and fictional profiles of teacher-student interactions will help you model your own ongoing reading assessments.