So, it's that time again! The end of the school year is in sight! I have less than 2 weeks left, which means...there's a lot of work to get done, and most of that work, for a Reading Specialist, entails end of the year assessments. I've been at it for a few weeks now, and I'm so ready to be done assessing. Honestly, I miss working with students. Assessing is essential to guide instruction, but sometimes it's pretty draining.
We've already conquered the ominous CSTs (California State Testing) as a school! Yeah for us! But now, with our spiffy new RtI intervention model, we are giving DIBELS, DRA, Words Their Way Spelling, and CORE Reading Vocabulary to the entire school. These reading assessments will help gauge student reading growth over this school year, and will help us to help us plan for the first round of interventions at the beginning of next year.
The teachers and students are eagerly awaiting vacation (it's a little disheartening that in bloglandia I keep hearing that folks are already out of school- what's up with that?). At least the weather is cold and unwelcoming, which makes it easier to focus on all the work that still needs to get done before school's out for summer.
I'm wondering, if you're a teacher, what kind of assessments does your school do every year? Is your list similar?
Hi friends! This blog is for teachers and families- all for the sheer joy of literacy. When we are enthusiastic about reading and writing our students and our own kids become excited to read and write. I hope that we all can be models for those in our care- how did you show your passion for reading, writing, learning, language, or words today?? It's in those small, daily moments that we teach kids to love literacy.