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Professional Development

Assessing Primary Readers

Administering and interpreting assessment tools
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90 minutes
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Dr. Ellen McIntyre, associate professor at the University of Louisville School of Education, demonstrates how to administer and interpret a variety of assessment tools in order to more accurately assess early elementary students’ reading strengths and needs. Classroom teachers from the Jefferson and Bullitt county public schools then show how to apply the data gathered in developing and refining teaching practices.

Length: 3 programs; 90 minutes each
Audience: K-3 teachers, reading specialists, guidance counselors, administrators


  1. Getting Started—covers critical questions concerning the assessment of primary readers: why assessment is important; what to assess, based on reader characteristics and the context of the reading situation; getting to know students through such methods as kid-watching, interest inventories, family visits, and observation of literacy behaviors at school; specific reading components to assess (word identification, concepts about print, letter identification, phonemic awareness); assessment tools such as a running record, conferences, retelling, the Yopp-Singer assessment, and “thinking aloud”; and organization and time management strategies to help the teacher build assessment into the classroom routine.

  2. Next Steps—Early Primary—key features of good reading strategies; using assessment to determine and meet students’ instructional needs; using the morning message to model good reading strategies; a print concepts lesson; book introduction; a read aloud/discussion session; echo and choral reading; turn taking; independent/partner reading; word focus; picture walk and independent reading; phonological skills; choosing phonological skills lessons based on student assessments; management issues; “If ... then” scenarios linking assessment data to lessons.

  3. Next Steps—Late Primary—key features of good reading instruction, including organization of time, assessment-based instruction, and lessons; comprehension strategies such as Read Aloud, Stretch and Sketch, Say Something, and Be the Teacher; assessing skills in working with word endings (-ed, -ing) and reading unknown words; book clubs; a sample elementary school reading assessment program.

Teaching Materials

http://www.ket.org/education/guides/pd/assessingprimary_program1. pdf
For Program 1; PDF format.
KET Online
http://www.ket.org/education/guides/pd/assessingprimary_program2. pdf
For Program 2; PDF format.
KET Online
http://www.ket.org/education/guides/pd/assessingprimary_program3. pdf
For Program 3; PDF format.
KET Online
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