Assessments

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Many secondary schools do not have easy access to quick, accessible, free assessments to assess and monitor students’ skill levels.

9th Grade Reading Comprehension Screener (beta)

I designed this screener in response to remote learning due to COVID-19, when it became glaringly obvious that this environment presents challenges to getting a thorough understanding of our students’ reading comprehension and progress. Please note that this assessment has not yet been normed, and I am still in the process of collecting raw data.

Research has shown that an inability to comprehend text at a sentence level is one reason students may struggle with complex text. My work with secondary students has shone a light on how little understanding many students at all levels have of sentence structure. This quick online screener was designed to assess students’ comprehension at both a sentence level and with a ninth-grade level passage. Assessment results should highlight the specific Common Core Language Skills students may not yet fully understand.

Also, since reading and writing skills are reciprocal, targeted instruction in these areas should improve not only reading comprehension but writing skills as well.

REQUEST A COMPREHENSION SCREENER HERE. I WILL SEND THE FILE TO YOU AND ASK THAT YOU SHARE THE ANONYMOUS RESULTS WITH ME SO I CAN ADD TO THE RAW DATA**

Additional Grades Coming Soon

Phonics Assessments

There are free phonics assessments online that are valid and appropriate for secondary students. Some assessments I use are:
The CORE Phonics Survey
Yopp-Singer Test of Phoneme Segmentation
Rosner Test of Auditory Analysis Skills

Spelling Assessments

The Primary, Elementary and Upper level Words Their Way Spelling Assessments will identify specific spelling rules students are not yet familiar with.


Grammar is the logic of speech, even as logic is the grammar of reason.”

Richard C. Trench


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