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by Stephanie Stollar on Oct 10, 2019
Assessment is an essential component of an effective school-wide early literacy system. There seems to be a trend in education to add more assessments each year. As district leadership changes, new initiatives are added, and state requirements shift, schools tend to add assessments without taking any away. The result can be a long list of tools that are "required" but no one remembers why. Many districts struggle to find the right combination of answering important questions about student learning, while minimizing time away from instruction.
If your district has been adding assessments year after year, but you still cannot quickly answer key questions about reading outcomes, it might be time to conduct an assessment audit.
An assessment audit offers the opportunity to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of your assessment system.
The goals of an assessment audit include:
An effective school-wide early literacy system will include tools to answer four important questions:
The purpose of screening is early identification and intervention. Universal screening on the essential early literacy skills makes it possible to prevent, minimize, or remediate the majority of reading concerns. Screening assessments should be selected based on accurate prediction of future performance.
Knowing who is at risk is only the beginning. Diagnostic assessments answer questions about how much support is needed and the next step for instruction. Diagnostic tools can be formal or informal. A subcategory of diagnostic assessments informs entitlement decisions such as special education eligibility. All diagnostic assessments should be closely related to classroom instruction.
Progress monitoring is the use of alternate forms, at the same level of difficulty, to track student growth toward important reading outcomes. Progress monitoring tools must be sensitive to small amounts of growth and change in brief increments, to provide real-time feedback to the instructor about the effectiveness of instruction. Evidence-based practices should be evaluated for each student within a data-based decision-making framework, made possible by the visual display of graphed student progress relative to instruction.
Assessments for outcome evaluation provide ways to look back to see if important outcomes and milestones were met. Proximal outcome measures are close to our teaching and tell us if students learned the skills we taught. Distal outcome measures assess more general outcomes such as grade-level standards. Traditional achievement tests and methods of program evaluation are distal outcome measures that fit this purpose. Assessments for outcome evaluation must be comprehensive yet specific to the goals articulated by the district.
An assessment audit is an opportunity to be sure your district has a technically sound tool to answer each assessment question. Collecting the right data is a first step toward improving literacy outcomes.
An example of a tool that addresses the four purposes of assessment is Acadience® Reading (also published as DIBELS Next®). The Acadience Reading suite of assessments includes screening, progress monitoring, and proximal outcome evaluation with Acadience Reading K–6, and diagnostic assessment with Acadience® Reading Diagnostic.
Stephanie A. Stollar, Ph.D., is the Vice President, Professional Learning at Acadience Learning. Dr. Stollar is a nationally certified school psychologist and a 1996 graduate of the doctoral program in school psychology at the University of Cincinnati. She has worked as a school psychologist and as an assistant professor in the school psychology program at the University of South Florida. Additionally, she provides professional development and consultation to school districts on the use of direct assessment measures, including Acadience Reading (also published under the name DIBELS Next), to improve outcomes for all students.
Voyager Sopris Learning® and Acadience Learning recently announced an expanded partnership to deliver Acadience’s powerful and effective preK–high school assessment tools throughout the United States. To learn more about the partnership, visit: voyagersopris.com/news/2019/09/25/vsl-acadience-learning-expand-partnership.
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