Do you assess comprehension for RTI? We do at our school and we don't use a computer program. Therefore, I had to find a place to get comprehension passages for my teachers to easily use that had quality questions and a mix of question types. ReadWorks was just the place!
Once I found a place that had the passages that I liked, then I needed to have the passages ready and easily accessible for my teachers to use. They do not have time to be hunting down passages. Also, for RTI, I want consistency. Each week, the teachers for each grade level need to be assessing on the same passages so graphing is more accurate across the grades. I printed off the passages that we needed to get us through our cycles of 10 and 12 weeks. Then all the passages were place into one large notebook to house them all. The notebook is in a place that is accessible to all the teachers who may need it so it is easy for them to get their copies made.
To keep it organized, I used plastic tabbed dividers. Each grade level is separated, plus I included literacy and informational text passages. I try to make it to where teachers can go right in and find what they need quickly and easy for them to put the originals in the correct place too.
ReadWorks has really great passages and a LOT of them! But even better is that they use a variety of questions. Each passage that is in the book has multiple choice questions and short answer questions where students must prove their answers with evidence from the text. One more thing about ReadWorks- it is free to use! Just sign up and you are good to go!
Having everyone using the same passages makes graphing student progress each week mean more because everyone is being assessed on the same text. More fidelity in the results.
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