Effective Literacy Teaching and Learning for all Students

Unit 18

Assessing your students' reading progress, individually and as a class

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There are several spread sheets related to the possible content and focus of your reading conferences that also provide a simple way of collecting data from your reading conferences. These spread sheets help you to know what you need to be teaching your students about reading, regardless of the year level, and they can also be used to help you to gain a picture of your class by indicating both strengths and needs.

Go to: Data Collection - Reading Conferences Years 2-9. Print this spread sheet and notice how each aspect of reading is listed so that you can check off or make comments about one or more of these for each student as you meet them during reading conferences. You may use this form separately for each student or record all of the students' details on the one form so that you gain a picture of individuals and groups who need specific help.

Go to: Data Collection: Reading Conferences Prep, Year 1. Print this spread sheet and notice how additional columns have been added to suit what you may be discovering about prep and year 1 students. It can also be used with individuals or for the class.

Go to: Reading Conference: Possible Strengths and Goals. Print this spread sheet. This document could be used as a more specific guide for you to use when assessing students' reading during reading conferences. It could serve as a reminder for aspects of reading to observe.

One sheet per student could also be used to highlight what has been achieved by that student by using a highlighting marker and adding a date and to indicate the next goal for that student, perhaps with a circle.

Note that this document is also a guide for details of the reading curriculum that should be taught, irrespective of the year level, using more complex texts to suit each student's reading growth.

Think about how these tools would best suit your needs in your teaching and assessing of reading and how you may like to use them for your record keeping and/or as part of the literacy information recorded for each student. A chart could be placed in a student's reading box or kit or pasted into the front of their reading journal.

Try out some ways of doing this until you find what best suits your teaching style or use the ideas to develop your own record keeping documents.

Go to: Reading Conference Student Feedback Sheet: Victoria University SC to see how one secondary school developed a form for teachers to use during conferences. (⟩ means 'less than' and ⟨ means 'more than'). (Thank you to the teachers for being willing to share their work.) Forms such as these are continually evolving as teachers become aware of the most useful information to gather and record, both for themselves and for students. Some questions to ask are:

  • Is this information specific enough for me to plan future teaching and to help the students improve?
  • Are we finding out about the students' metacognition?
  • Are we considering all factors that influence the students' reading?

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