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SAN DIEGO STATE QUICK READING ASSESSMENT

LITERACY - Quizzes: Reading Assessment Tools

4/20/14 PARCC Developmentally Inappropriate for High School Students
Gerri K. Songer of the Illinois Township High School, District 214, conducted a Lexile analysis of the PARCC assessment and what she found was very alarming. The reading levels embedded in the assessment are absurdly high. Many young people will fail the PARCC test because it is developmentally inappropriate for high school students.

The Business
of Education
- The Game

READING FIRST IS A FRAUD!
Our Ph.D Higher Ed Business Supply Chain System has been in place over the last 50 years. Big publishers definitely have a leg up on smaller reading companies. Read the Business of Education - The Game.

READ ABOUT THE TEXAS SCAMS - READING FIRST - IS A SCANDAL
Yes this is how it all really works and why America can't read. Literacy Scam and Shame

9/2006 The Inspector General of the Department of Education says the Bush administration's $4.8 billion dollar a year Reading First program ignored the law and ethical standards to steer money how it wanted and the conflicts of interest . The slimy underside of the reading bu$ine$$ like Voyager Expanded Learning doesn't care about this country. Four major issues that should alarm educators and taxpayers alike.

Reading Assessment Tools

The Road to Literacy 100 Most Frequent Words in Books for Beginning Readers

Texas Releases Tests, Answer Keys and Scoring guides

What is Readability?

Use readability.info to analyze the characteristics of your writing and ascertain a multitude of readability scores. Make sure that you aren't creating overly complex sentences and paragraphs for your audience. Allows you to upload a Microsoft Word document or input a URL and receive several different readability scores.

Dolche Word List shows grade level

Check this Reading Effectiveness Tool to find out if your draft manuscript is at the right Grade Reading Level for your intended audience. This interactive tool is based on the Simple Measure Of Gobbledegook (SMOG) readability formula. The tool will do the calculations for you. See what you think about this Canadian tool.

You can also check the readability level of a passage using the Flesch Reading Ease and the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level built into the newest versions of Microsoft® Word.

 

Review - Lingua-EN-Fathom-1.09 Measure readability of English text

Light's Retention Scale is a measure with a number of ranking factors such as age, size, have they been retained before, special ed. Then you tally the numbers in different categories and you get a measure of if the student would be a good candidate for retention. Light's Retention Scale consists of nineteen evaluation categories with a total of 81 possible choices. This scale can typically be administered and scored within a ten to fifteen minute period. Administration will permit the professional not only to use his or her judgment in a retention decision, but also will act as a catalyst for a more global look at a child's functioning.
The nineteen categories found on the recording form are discussed in detail with research implications in the Light's Retention Scale manual. The numbers that follow each item were assigned subjectively after a careful analysis of research pertaining to the question. In general, the reader can be certain that when an item is assigned a 0, the research has shown that this is an asset when a student is retained. When an item is assigned a 5, this means that the student will most certainly not be helped by retention and stands a good chance of doing better by being advanced.
This scale is never to be used as a "test".  It is designed specifically for the school professional to use as a counseling tool during a parent conference or as a means of determining what educational and psychological research would tell us about a specific retention candidate.

Light's Retention Scale - 2006 Edition  - (LRS-2006)
The LRS, 2006 Edition, remains a powerful tool that assists school professionals when making the sensitive and often difficult decision about promoting or retaining a child.Test Kit (Manual, 50 English Recording Forms, 50 English Parent Guides, in vinyl folder) $95.00
http://www3.parinc.com/products/product.aspx?Productid=LRS

The Fry Readability Formula (or Fry Readability Graph) is a readability metric for English texts, developed by Dr. Edward Fry. The grade reading level (or reading difficulty level) is calculated by the average number of sentences (y-axis) and syllables (x-axis) per hundred words. These averages are plotted onto a specific graph; the intersection of the average number of sentences and the average number of syllables determines the reading level of the content. The formula and graph are often used to provide a common standard by which the readability of documents can be measured. It is sometimes used for regulatory purposes, such as in healthcare, to ensure publications have a level of readability that is understandable and accessible by a wider portion of the population.

ECP Ringleader Al Haskvitz
The easiest way to improve writing scores is to use the Fry Formula. The students must write at grade level. It only takes a few minutes to show the students how to use this formula. Next, you spend an extraordinary amount of time on making sure that the opening sentences don't start with the, a, and, I or any other simple word. They must start with the most important part of the topic sentence by using a phrase. If this is of interest just email me for additional details.

 

 

SAN DIEGO QUICK ASSESSMENT

san diego quick assessment, reading level

From "Teaching Children to Become Independent Readers" by Margaret LaPray.

Put each of the following word lists on a 3x5 card.

Hint: On the back of the card put

--. (minus, minus dot) for pre-primer level,
-. (minus dot) for primer,
. (dot) for first grade level, etc.

so if you drop cards you can sort them in order but an older student cannot readily tell what grade level s/he is reading on. I also recommend laminating cards or inserting them in plastic "recipe-holder" sleeves.

Directions:
Tell student "There are ten words on each card. I would like you to try every word on this card. If you think out loud, I can tell which parts of the word you already know. After the test, I will help you with the parts you didn't know."

Give the student one card at a time. Write words mispronounced.

Note:
Original directions say stop when two are missed. My experience has led me to wait until 3 of the 10 words at that level are missed. I also ask students to use missed words in a sentence if I am unsure of his/her pronunciation; example: "our" and "interrupted" are often open to misinterpretation.

Recommended:
Give the child the next card on the list to check if any are known beyond the grade level achieved.


1 word missed = Independent level
2 words missed = Instructional level
3 words missed = Frustration level

--1
see
play
me
at
run
go
and
look
can
here
-1
you
come
not
with
jump
help
is
work
are
this
1
road
live
thank
when
bigger
how
always
night
spring
today
2
our
please
myself
town
early
send
wide
believe
quietly
carefully
3
city
middle
moment
frightened
exclaimed
several
lonely
drew
since
straight
4
decided
served
amazed
silent
wrecked
improved
certainly
entered
realized
interrupted
5
scanty
business
develop
considered
discussed
behaved
splendid
acquainted
escaped
grim
6
bridge
commercial
abolish
trucker
apparatus
elementary
comment
necessity
gallery
relativity
7
amber
dominion
sundry
capillary
impetuous
blight
enumerate
daunted
condescend
wrest
8
capacious
limitation
pretext
intrigue
delusion
immaculate
ascent
acrid
binocular
embankment
9
conscientious
isolation
molecule
ritual
momentous
vulnerable
kinship
conservatism
jaunty
inventive
10
zany
jerkin
nausea
gratuitous
linear
inept
legality
aspen
amnesty
barometer
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