25 Replies| Latest reply: Jun 22, 2012 11:15 AM by cocoalarue RSS
 
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What assessment format do you use? Aimsweb?

What assessment format do your schools use?  Aimsweb is what our school uses to measures words per minute.  I am wondering if there is a way to measure comprehension too as that is a critical area for students that they often have trouble in?

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    • Beginner
      What assessment format do you use? Aimsweb?
      • AimsWeb 3 Xs K-5 - PALS (in Virginia-Phonological Awareness & Literacy Screening through UVA) 2 X K-2
      • SOL (Standards of Learning) VA state testing 1 Xs Grades 3-5
      • Spelling Inventories for Word Study 2-3 Xs
      • Running Records min. 1 Xs a quarter

       

       

      Reading Specialists may use DRA or QRI, Fountas & Pinnell Leveling quarterly with remediation students.

      Feels like all we do is test.

  • rallingt Expert
    What assessment format do you use? Aimsweb?

    Unfortunately, neither AIMSweb nor DIBELS measures any development much related to reading proficiency. If this is what your school is using then both time for testing and educational funding is being misused. Additionally, a Schatschneider and colleagues at the FCRR demonstrated annual progress monitoring was the most reliable method of getting reliable results. Testing more frequently than once per year simply creates more unreliability the more often testing is done. Even the website for DIBELS notes that the results you get cannot be used to inform instruction but too many school folks seemed to have failed to read the website! WPM data are basically bad data for monitoring progress as readers. Finally, if your teachers do not know how to monitor comprehension that is the central problem you face.

  • Beginner
    What assessment format do you use? Aimsweb?

    The last 2 years (we are only in our 2nd year of RTI) I've been a reading specialist.  It helps drive instruction, but I feel it is over kill.  Wastes a lot of time, stresses already stressed kids out every Fri when the timer comes out.  I was happy with just PALS and SOLs.  It makes admin jumpy to "fix" everyone in the red and yellow right NOW, causing so much schedule changing and disruption.

     

    Next year I will be teaching 1st grade until a new Title I position is available. We'll see how it feels from the classroom teacher side again (I taught 3rd for many years). Most classroom teachers are not prepared to do Tier 2 remediation and  what I've seen happening is not good differentiation.

  • psorey Beginner
    What assessment format do you use? Aimsweb?

    We also use Aimsweb.  Last year was our first year using it, and we are waiting now to see if we will have it again for the coming school year.  From what we learned at our RTI training was that we needed a universal screener, so this is what solved that problem for us. The teachers give it 3 times a year.  As a Title 1 teacher at our school, I used it to progress monitor.  There are other areas within Aimsweb to target specific reading components to progress monitor, such as phonemic awareness, letter identification, and comprehension.  Aimsweb uses Maze for comprehension assessment which is easy enough for the classroom teacher to assess the children with. 

    • Beginner
      What assessment format do you use? Aimsweb?

      Last year was our first year too.  We gave ALL the tests pretty much.  As a reading specialist, I was trained to progress monitor with a few students and am very familiar with all the components.  Guessing which word goes in the blank tells vocabulary knowledge, but I see glaring gaps when it comes to deeper comprehension.

      • psorey Beginner
        What assessment format do you use? Aimsweb?

        I agree that the maze component does not give the whole picture.  As I said, we needed a universal screener to pinpoint which children are most likely to be at risk.  As the Title I teacher and a memeber of our RtI team, I use that data to do a more comprehensive assessment on those children who are at risk.  Grades k-2 us the DRA to assess as well as as the reading fluency component of AIMSweb.  The upper grades use AIMSweb plus they have the children take reading and math benchmark tests on Study Island.  In NC the children take EOG (End Of Grade) tests in reading and math. 

  • MobileFounding
    What assessment format do you use? Aimsweb?

    Most of the time, in our school, teachers are assessing students with test. There are formative tests and sumative tests. The formative tests must be taken by the students if they finished on a lesson in one chapter. There are two sumative tests, mid-term and semeter. Some teachers have started using online testing system. I am using Quizstar to develop online testing.

  • Beginner
    What assessment format do you use? Aimsweb?

    We use Acuity

  • danielk CCSSFoundingMember
    What assessment format do you use? Aimsweb?

    We use DIBELS.

    • rallingt Expert
      What assessment format do you use? Aimsweb?

      Doesn't anyone out there use running records as their progress monitoring tool? Running records, at least, has good experimental evidence that when teachers learn how to collect running record data their teaching improves as do their students' reading achievement. And running records is a curriculum-based data collection tool unlike DIBELS or AIMSweb which substitute non-curriculum-based assessment words and passages or their testing.

      • psorey Beginner
        What assessment format do you use? Aimsweb?

        Our school uses AIMSweb for a universal screener and for progress monitoring, but I have just started using running records to progress monitor the children I see.  I am implementing Fountas and Pinnel's Leveled Literacy Intervention Program for my second and third graders which uses running records assess the children once a week.  The running records are used the day after the book is introduced to them, which is something that I was not used to, but it is giving me great information.  The running record assessment also allows me to ask questions about the book they are reading, so I get a good feel for their comprehension and not just their word calling abilities. 

  • Beginner
    What assessment format do you use? Aimsweb?

    Do running records work well for 6th grade?  We are an inner city school, with a high ESL population and low exposure to reading materials.  I truly would like something where it is a true measure. 

  • karben Beginner
    What assessment format do you use? Aimsweb?

    We use Aimsweb in our school as a screener. We also have PLC for common formative assessments. This lets us know which students need reteaching in a different manner. Exit tickets work very well also.

  • jconvers1335 Beginner
    What assessment format do you use? Aimsweb?

    We use DRA to show the students reading level and Comprehension level. 

    To help students grow on their baseline level we use study island for 3-6 grade and we will soon be using reading eggs for pk-3.

    As for benchmarks, we use acuity and teacher made test.

  • taaron Beginner
    What assessment format do you use? Aimsweb?

    Our school uses AIMSweb also.  I am not particularly fond of the MAZE for measuring comprehension.  It is too easy for the students to simply circle enough correct answers to meet the benchmarks (they don't even try to read the passage).  Our school is currently looking at the DibelsNEXT program.  It is where AIMSweb developed from. Dibels comprehension assessment is based on the students having to retelll what they have just read in the passage.   Dibels has taken it to the next level and even provide printable intervention activities to use. it is by Wireless Generation.  As competetive as the market is, we are hoping that AIMSweb comes up with something comparable since we are already using their product and are familiar with it.

  • kowen Beginner
    What assessment format do you use? Aimsweb?

    For Comprehension:

     

    Our district has started to use adapted retelling rubrics found on the Reading A-Z site. I am sure there are a bunch on the web for free, but they are usually seperated as fiction and non-fiction. Those have been helpful to progress monitor comprhension without making up my own probes every week.

     

    You could also use comprehension stems and test the kids on different ones week by week to show growth.

  • lysakowskik@slsd.org Beginner
    What assessment format do you use? Aimsweb?

    We use DIBELS Next as a universal screener and to progress monitor.  We also use guided reading level assessments and beginning of the year reading assessments to decide which students should be in intervention.

  • shannon Beginner
    What assessment format do you use? Aimsweb?

    We use Discovery Education tests as a quarterly assessments.  I teach special education and use easy cbm for progress monitoring for some areas on the IEP.  We used Dibels in the past, but it isn't used as much anymore.  I liked the information that Dibels provided.

  • liztrimaloff TeacherEffectiveness
    What assessment format do you use? Aimsweb?

    I was starting my day today and came across a post by @coolcatteacher from @mrrobbo about an assessment tool called Easy Assessment for teachers, trainers and coaches.  I am intrigued and wanted to share. 

     

    Supposedly it, " A simple way to capture and assess performance in any context or situation."  If you check it out, let us know what you think.    

  • cocoalarue Beginner
    What assessment format do you use? Aimsweb?

    I'm the department chair for Clark Middle School in Anchorage, Alaska. We use both the Aimsweb and COREK12 reading comprehension assessments.

     

    Aimsweb will tell us very quickly if a student reads at grade level, below grade level, or far below grade level. It does not diagnose specific reading problems. It is an incredibly quick and accurate assessment tool.

     

    COREK12 is the assessment tool recently adopted by our middle and high schools for assessing reading comprehension.  It is completed online, during a "test window" of three weeks, and the scores provide data in three domains: analysis of content and structure; forming a general understanding; and word identification skills.

     

    COREK12 data provides a snapshot of expectations for our state reading tests. It is 80% accurate.

     

    COREK12 also provides actionable feedback.

     

    We give both assessments to all students 3-times during the school year. Students who score at strategic or intensive on the Aimsweb are given further screanings to pin-point their individual reading deficiencies and then we provide the specific strategies for the individual student. 

     

    At the beginning of the 2011-2012 academic year, 85% of our incoming 6th graders (We're a 6,7,8 Title 1 Middle Scbool) were reading at the strategic or intensive level. That means, they arrived at below or far below the 5th grading reading level That equaled nearly students! 

     

    By April, and before our state tests, the numbers had changed from 85% to 34%!  Our state testing was completed in April, and the preliminary data is incredibly positive! I'd provide an estimate, but I don't want to be inaccurate.

     

    I should mention that started on this path nearly three years ago, with only Aimsweb, as it was a primary tool for our elementary schools. COREK12 is new for us, but we've decided to keep both the Aimsweb and COREK12 as assessment tools. 

     

    Finally, neither tool trains middle school teachers in how to mitigate student skill skill sets more commonly taught in second and third grade. For that, our principal brought in two trainers, and they've made all the difference in the world!  Now, things don't look nealry as bleak.