Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Assessment Resources

OK... So I am one of those weird people that loves collecting data and seeing assessment results.  They aren't the most fun things to do in the classroom but I really love seeing if my kiddos have progressed and seeing what we still need to work on.  I also rely on them to help me decide which kids I really need to work with and which kids struggle but don't actually need pull-out intervention support. 

Over the last 2 years I have found a few assessments that I use as benchmarks for my kiddos and I try to use them 3 times a year.  Some things I assess much more frequently such as reading fluency, sight words, math skills, etc. but the following are my major benchmark scores that I use before progress reports and keep in their files.  I have been really excited to share this post with you all because I really find these materials and resources extremely helpful and I hope your can find something that will be of use for you as well.

For math skills I use a website called ThatQuiz. 

It assesses the major concepts, and computation in math.  I love it because I can specify the skill, I don't have to print or grade it (which I LOVE), it times it without the kids knowing its doing so, and it tracks and graphs their scores.  I choose/create the tests that each of my kiddos need and assign it to their class.  Then come test day, I give each student a notecard with all of the test codes for the tests that they need to take and let them go. It does require a login but it is free to signup!

For reading in grades 2 - 8, I use a few different measures.

1. San Diego Quick Assessment:  <-- That link will take you to the assessment which you can open, print, and use.  I glued the 2 Student Material pages to the inside of a file folder and then laminated it.  I then keep copies of the Record Form in the file so that I can easily and quickly assess a student when a teacher suggests I start working with them.

This is fairly common assessment which measures word recognition out of context.  It is broken up into 13 grade level word lists and gives you a quick picture of which grade level a student can read an "out of context" word.  This assessment takes less than 2 minutes.

2. Story Retell Assessment - The next assessment I use is a retell assessment.  I use the form that I got from the Reading A-Z Tutors Program.  This program requires a membership login and is something that I purchased for my classroom since I didn't have a reading program to use.  So far I love it... but anyways... the Assessment form. 

You can find a few out in the internet world but this is my favorite.  I have a student read an entire grade level passage.  I time it for 1 minute and make a note and that way I also get my Oral Reading Fluency score as well and I can kill 2 birds with 1 stone!  But the retell checksheet assesses the ability to retell important information from the passage including sequence, characters, problem, and solution.

3. Writing Skills Checklist - You can get this checklist from the Read-Write-Think website.  Get this specific rubric here. 

I like this one because it is simple yet conclusive.  I think it gives a lot of good information and I can use it for all grade levels.  I also use story prompts for my benchmark data collections and I typically use ones from Funny & Fabulous Story Prompts which you can download from Scholastic's Teacher Express resource for $1.00 right now!!  I highly recommend it!  I also have students use a colored pen to make their revisions as well so I can see how their editing skills have progressed.

4.  EasyCBM - This is a website that also requires a user login but you can get one for free.  I use this to download comprehension assessments.  I print the grade level passage and questions.  The passages are a bit longer so I only use these for benchmarks.  Each assessment has between 10 and 20 multiple choice questions.

For my first graders, I assess at the beginning and the end of the year using the RTI Assessments and Remediation for grade K- 2.  You can also click the above link and download it for $1.00 right now from Scholastic Teacher Express. 

If you prefer the actual book, you should be able to get it at any book store or order it from Amazon for $27.99.  It's a great resource and has a lot of great activity and intervention ideas.  I love the assessments for my first graders as well to track comprehension, writing, and grammar.   I also use DIBELS skills assessments for those specific skills as well.

I hope that you found something useful and I'd love to hear how you think that one of these can help you in your classrooms. 

Also, what assessment/goal tracking resources do you use?


  1. Ooh, thanks for these ideas. I haven't heard of that first website! I'm a data dork too :)

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  2. Great ideas!!! One of my big goals for next year is for my kids to keep up with their own assessments.

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