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You've Given The Test...Now What?

using information from the test to plan lessons

It's about that time of year for assessing students and their reading skills.  We use the DRA and the IRI at our school to measure the progress of reading.  I think teachers sometimes feel like the assessments they have to give are just one more thing on their already crowded teacher plan.  I was a classroom teacher for 16 years so I get it.  But there really is a reason for giving this test.  The DRA is not the end goal.  It's a way of letting you know where you need to go from here in your literacy instruction.

Using information from reading tests to lesson plan

I start by giving all my DRA tests to all my students.  Lots of piles on my tables!

using test information to help write lesson plans

As I go, I like to code the tests at the top of the test booklets.  This is a quick way for me to glance at the tests and know what the student is needing more instruction in to move forward.  F goes at the top for fluency and C for comprehension.

code DRA tests to help you group students according to skills they need

Take a few moments to look over the tests and analyze why the student was having any difficulties.  Write the names, level and codes on Post It Notes or index cards.  The notes or cards can be easily moved around so you can group the students to help you see who all needs more instruction in specific areas.  Use whatever codes that make sense to you.  The goal is to not just give the test, but to use the information you get from it to guide your instruction.

anecdotal records notebooks to help you organize student learning

I also like to keep anecdotal records on my students.  Get in the habit of having your anecdotal notebook with you and jot notes as you listen to students read.  This is a great way to keep track of what each student is doing.  It is provides wonderful documentation for parents and administrators if they want to know exactly how a specific student is doing in reading or what you are working on to move them forward in reading skills.

anecdotal records notebooks to help you organize student learning

This is another way of organizing your goals for each group so you can keep track of your teaching focus for each group at a glance.

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  1. You have some awesome advice here! Thanks, Lori.

    Grade ONEderful

    1. Thanks Barbara! I appreciate that!

  2. The DRA looks like an assessment that proves to be helpful and gives good information. You, or course, know how to then do something good with it.

    1. Tammy, the DRA is a really good assessment. I find it pretty helpful!


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