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Beginning of Year Assessments Inform Instruction at Rea View

Teachers in kindergarten through third grade in Union County and North Carolina are using a new literacy assessment tool this school year called mClass Reading 3D.  This assessment system includes several components, one of which helps teachers find students’  “just right” text level for instructional purposes.  To make this determination, students read from selected texts and teachers assess the child’s fluency, accuracy, and comprehension.  Also included in the mClass Reading 3D assessment process are shorter indicators, specific to each grade level, which help teachers examine how students are doing in learning important reading skills.  These indicators help gauge students’ skill levels in phonemic awareness, phonics, accurate and fluent reading, and reading comprehension.  Teachers work individually with each child to complete these assessments at the beginning, middle, and end of year.  Information from these assessments will be used to help differentiate instruction and monitor student progress.  In grades 4 and 5, teachers are administering Fountas and Pinnell’s Benchmark Reading Assessment System to gauge students’ “just right” reading level as well.  The Benchmark Reading Assessment involves oral and silent reading, along with a determination of fluency, accuracy, and comprehension.  Both the mClass Reading 3D assessments and the Benchmark Reading Assessments use an alphabetic leveling system, ranging from A to Z.  There are a range of text levels associated with each grade level’s beginning, middle and end of year expectations.  These assessments replace the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA), which has been used in our district for several years.  Alicia Jones, Rea View’s Literacy Specialist, has been instrumental in training and supporting teachers with the use of the new assessment tools.  Mrs. Jones comments, “I feel the new assessments will help give teachers a thorough overall picture of the child as a reader and determine each child’s strengths and needs in order to differentiate instruction.”  

Written by: Rebecca Sledd
Posted: Sep 11, 2013 by Rebecca Sledd

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