Testing 1, 2, 3: Crafting Reading Assessments

Reading assessments are a great tool for tracking how your students are doing in a number of different categories. By assessing frequently and on a regular basis, you can assess your students’ abilities from a collection of data gathered over time rather than from a one-day occurrence. In the passage below, an excerpt from chapter 13 of Maddie Witter’s Reading Without Limits: Teaching Strategies to Build Independent Reading for Life, Witter describes the fundamental aspects of a valuable reading assessment.

Testing 1,2,3 . . . Testing (excerpt from Reading Without Limits) by Jossey-Bass Education

Maddie Witter (Melbourne, Australia) presents nationally and internationally, supporting schools to better their students’ literacy and helps develop rigorous reading programs. She co-founded KIPP Infinity Charter School, one of the top performing middle schools in New York City. At KIPP Infinity, Maddie taught literacy, and was the school’s Director of Instruction for six years where she supervised teacher development and curriculum for the reading, writing, content and nonfiction studies programs. In 2007, Maddie was honored to be one of ten teachers to receive a national KIPP Excellence in Teaching prize.

KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program (www.kipp.org), is a nationwide network of charter schools. There are currently 125 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving more than 40,000 students.

Reading Without Limits: Teaching Strategies to Build Independent Reading for Life (2012) — 9781118472156

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