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You've Given the Reading Test...Now What?


So, have you given your DRA test yet or some other type of reading test for middle of the year scores?  Now what do you do?  Do you use these scores to drive your reading instruction?  

The results from the reading assessments can be very valuable to you and should help you plan for your next steps with the students.


As I give my DRAs, I like to make notes on how the student did, what they need to work on next.  This girl struggles daily with her fluency and decoding. When she did the DRA, her lack of progress in these 2 areas showed up in the assessment too.  So I just made a notation of that up in the corner of her test.  


It's a bit difficult to see this, but the student appeared to be attending to initial sounds in words, but not looking fully through the word and checking to see if the word she is reading matches up with the printed word.  She also added or changed endings.  

Activities to deal with this student's struggles could involve Guess the Covered Word to help her match the sounds in the word she guesses to what is printed.  Also pulling a card across the word as her eye travels across it can help too.  To address her lack of fluency, I would use repeated readings of familiar books and modeled and repeated readings as described by Timothy Rasinski.  


This student does not struggle with decoding or fluency, but really had difficulty with comprehension after reading the story.  We usually know in our heads who struggles with what.  But by coding it at the top, you can then put those tests together into a group to help you come up with a strategy to help that particular group of students.



This is where that student struggled.  There was a lack of details in his retell and two of the events were out of order.  After having given the tests, I saw a pattern with several of the first graders- they were struggling with retelling the story, the comprehension of the story.  So that lets me know, we have work to do.

We will work on retelling and comprehension in several ways.  The Somebody... Wanted...But...So...Then.... activity would be a great way to start with this.  B...M...E (beginning, middle, end) is another activity we could use.

So after giving your reading assessments, take it another step...Note what the students were lacking, group them together, then come up with a plan to address the skills.  

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10 comments:

  1. I completely agree with you that these tests can tell you so much more than just a number on a scale. It's absolutely important to identify the specific skills they are lacking so you can individualize that instruction-thanks for the reminder! :)

    NotJustChild'sPlay

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    1. Thank you for coming by, Miss Trayers! We always have a lot to keep track of with reading groups, tests, and everything else!

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  2. I like the idea of writing notes on the test- I use F&P and on the front of their test folder I usually write their level and keep a note of what they struggled with. Testing when we get back...oh what fun!

    -Maria
    Everyone deServes to Learn

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    1. Good luck, Maria, with all of your testing when you get back to school! Because of snow days, I have a bit still to complete.

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  3. Coding the tests is such a great idea and relatively simple to implement! I usually keep my own notes in a file, but it would be helpful to have everything right there on the test so anyone who is looking at it can see the same results.
    Aylin :)
    Learning to the Core

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    1. Thanks Aylin! Keeping the notes on the reading tests made it easier for me to glance at the tests and see who needed help with what in a quick way. Thank you for coming by!

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  4. It takes a lot of organization to take assessment results to the next step. You're so good at that.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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    1. Tammy, I would imagine that your own organization with assessments is pretty impressive. You will have to show us yours sometime!

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  5. Wow - I am so impressed by how much you know and how you can help your students improve. I found you through the link-up. I hope that some day I can learn to do this type of RTI.

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    1. Thank you, Susan, The DRA is pretty easy to administer once you have done it a few times.

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