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Student Assessment - Progress Monitoring

Where are some resources for progress monitoring reading comprehension? We need something that is quick and accurate and can be used often. Does anyone have a good way to break reading comprehension down into smaller parts to progress monitor? Does anyone have progress monitoring tools for individual reading strategies?

Response from Carol Connor, Research Faculty Member, Florida Center for Reading Research:

This is a great question. We have had some success using oral reading of passages with questions that range from simple facts to making inferences. There are also some maze (or cloze) tasks that can be used which are quick and informative. The dilemma, of course, is that comprehension relies on text difficulty, students’ background knowledge, and student motivation.

In Florida, the new state assessment FAIR, uses leveled passages that students read aloud. The accuracy and rate with which students read the passages is highly correlated with reading comprehension skills, particularly in the early grades. DIBELS passages, which use a similar format are also useful for monitoring fluency. Of course, there is more to comprehension that just rate and accuracy but the constructs are all related and so these fluency measures can be useful, when coupled with questions, to monitor fluency.

For more complex ways of assessing comprehension, and depending on the age of the students, Word Generation, developed by SERPS,  might provide some ideas for middle school students as well.

Response from RTI Action Network
Information is also provided in “Screening for Reading Problems in Grades 4 Through 12” by Evelyn S. Johnson, Ed.D., Juli Pool, Ph.D., and Deborah R. Carter, Ph.D.

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