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Assessment in an RTI Environment . Michael C. McKenna University of Virginia mcm7g@virginia.edu. •. •. •. •. •. c omprehensivereadingsolutions.com. Why assess?. To plan instruction Screening Diagnostic To see if it works Progress Monitoring . Myths about d iagnostic assessment.

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Assessment in an rti environment

Assessment in an RTI Environment

Michael C. McKenna

University of Virginia

mcm7g@virginia.edu


Assessment in an rti environment


C omprehensivereadingsolutions com
comprehensivereadingsolutions.com


Why assess
Why assess?

  • To plan instruction

    • Screening

    • Diagnostic

  • To see if it works

    • Progress Monitoring


Myths about d iagnostic assessment
Myths about diagnostic assessment


Myths about d iagnostic assessment1
Myths about diagnostic assessment

  • You need lots to make RTI work.

  • Only specialists can give them.


Standard protocol or problem solving approach
Standard Protocol orProblem Solving Approach?









An assessment toolkit
An assessment toolkit

  • Screening (Comprehension or Fluency)

  • Informal Decoding Inventory

  • Sight Word Inventory

  • Fluency Checks


An assessment toolkit1
An assessment toolkit

  • Screening (Comprehension or Fluency)

  • Informal Decoding Inventory

  • Sight Word Inventory

  • Fluency Checks



Some inconvenient truths about assessment
Some inconvenient truths about assessment

1.

Miscue analysis is a waste of time.



Some inconvenient truths about assessment1
Some inconvenient truths about assessment

Decoding skills should be assessed in isolation.

2.


Some inconvenient truths about assessment2
Some inconvenient truths about assessment

Informal reading inventories are unreliable.

3.


Some inconvenient truths about assessment3
Some inconvenient truths about assessment

There is no diagnostic test of comprehension.

4.



Some inconvenient truths about assessment4
Some inconvenient truths about assessment

Comprehension can’t be progress monitored.

5.


Some inconvenient truths about assessment5
Some inconvenient truths about assessment

There’s no good way to assess vocabulary.

6.


Some inconvenient truths about assessment6
Some inconvenient truths about assessment

9.

Motivation is important.




Assessment in an rti environment

In our approach, all students receive differentiated instruction in small groups.




Assessment in an rti environment

Yes

Is the child at benchmark in oral reading fluency?

Vocabulary and Comprehension

(Children Read)


Assessment in an rti environment

Yes

Is the child at benchmark in oral reading fluency?

Vocabulary and Comprehension

(Children Read)

No

Are all or nearly all decoding skills mastered?


Assessment in an rti environment

Yes

Is the child at benchmark in oral reading fluency?

Vocabulary and Comprehension

(Children Read)

No

Yes

Are all or nearly all decoding skills mastered?

Fluency and Comprehension


Assessment in an rti environment

Yes

Is the child at benchmark in oral reading fluency?

Vocabulary and Comprehension

(Children Read)

No

Yes

Are all or nearly all decoding skills mastered?

Fluency and Comprehension

No

Is the child at benchmark in decoding?


Assessment in an rti environment

Yes

Is the child at benchmark in oral reading fluency?

Vocabulary and Comprehension

(Children Read)

No

Yes

Are all or nearly all decoding skills mastered?

Fluency and Comprehension

No

Yes

Is the child at benchmark in decoding?

Vocabulary and Comprehension

(Teacher Reads Aloud)


Assessment in an rti environment

Yes

Is the child at benchmark in oral reading fluency?

Vocabulary and Comprehension

(Children Read)

No

Yes

Are all or nearly all decoding skills mastered?

Fluency and Comprehension

No

Yes

Is the child at benchmark in decoding?

Vocabulary and Comprehension

(Teacher Reads Aloud)

No

Has the child acquired full phonological awareness?


Assessment in an rti environment

Yes

Is the child at benchmark in oral reading fluency?

Vocabulary and Comprehension

(Children Read)

No

Yes

Are all or nearly all decoding skills mastered?

Fluency and Comprehension

No

Yes

Is the child at benchmark in decoding?

Vocabulary and Comprehension

(Teacher Reads Aloud)

No

Yes

Has the child acquired full phonological awareness?

Word Recognition and Fluency


Assessment in an rti environment

Yes

Is the child at benchmark in oral reading fluency?

Vocabulary and Comprehension

(Children Read)

No

Yes

Are all or nearly all decoding skills mastered?

Fluency and Comprehension

No

Yes

Is the child at benchmark in decoding?

Vocabulary and Comprehension

(Teacher Reads Aloud)

No

Yes

Has the child acquired full phonological awareness?

Word Recognition and Fluency

Phonemic Awareness and

Word Recognition

No


If fluency is weak you should
If fluency is weak, you should

  • Use research-based fluency strategies like repeated readings, partner reading, etc.

  • Check first to see if there are significant gaps in word recognition skills.


If both fluency and word recognition are weak you should
If both fluency and word recognition are weak, you should

  • Use research-based word recognition strategies that are explicit and systematic.

  • Check first to see if there are significant gaps in phonological awareness.


Assessment in an rti environment

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Four

Basic

Groups


Takeaways
Takeaways

  • You don’t need many assessments at Tier 2.

  • Get rid of the ones you don’t need.

  • Use your toolkit to form small groups.

  • Reassess every three weeks.

  • Aim for “upward mobility” on the staircase.

  • Don’t forget motivation.

  • Check out each of the group types at:

    • www.comprehensivereadingsolutions.com


References
References

Afflerbach, P., & Cho, B. (2011). The classroom assessment of reading. In M. L. Kamil, P. D. Pearson, E. B. Moje, & P. P. Afflerbach (Eds.), Handbook of reading research (Vol. 4, pp. 487-514). New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.

McKenna, M. C., & Picard, M. (2006/2007). Does miscue analysis have a role in effective practice? The Reading Teacher, 60, 378-380.

McKenna, M. C., & Stahl, K. A. D. (2009). Assessment for reading instruction (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Pearson, P. D., Hiebert, E. H., & Kamil, M. L. (2007). Vocabulary assessment: What we know and what we need to learn. Reading Research Quarterly, 42, 282-296.

Spector, J. E. (2005). How reliable are informal reading inventories? Psychology in the Schools, 42, 593-603.

Stahl, K. A. D., & McKenna, M. C. (2012). Reading assessment in an RTI framework. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Walpole, S., & McKenna, M. C. (2006). The role of informal reading inventories in assessing word recognition. The Reading Teacher, 59, 592-594.

Walpole, S., & McKenna, M. C. (2009). How to plan differentiated reading instruction: Resources for grades K-3. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Walpole, S., McKenna, M. C., & Philippakos, Z. (2011). Differentiated reading instruction in grades 4 and 5: Strategies and resources. New York, NY: Guilford Press.


More resources
More resources …

http://curry.virginia.edu/reading-projects/projects/garf/