ICLA Standard III: Study Session 6

In preparation of the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment (ICLA) Standard III, I am creating a series of blog posts from my study notes and the study guide. The subjects are organized in alphabetical order and I will be completing five subjects at a time. I am in hopes that by sharing, I can provide assistance to others studying for the ICLA or similar literacy tests for pre-service teachers.

Today's Subjects

Informal assessments (formative)
appraisal by casual observation or by other nonstandardized procedures. Informal assessments are what teachers use every day to evaluate the progress and comprehension skills of their individual students. These assessments come in many types, such as written work, portfolios, grading, tests, quizzes, and project-based assignments.

Informal Reading Inventory (IRI) 
the use of a graded series of passages of increasing difficulty to determine students strengths, weaknesses, and strategies in word identification and comprehension. This test determines the reading level of the student; instructional, frustration, and individual.

Informal Reading Inventory (Reading Rockets)

In this short clip, Jan Hasbrouck shows how to administer an Informal Reading Inventory in order to support the Response to Intervention  framework.

In this short video, Jan Hasbrouck describes a general method for scoring an IRI, including types of errors and non-errors. She discusses the scores that can be derived from an IRI to support reading instruction within the RTI framework.

Example Questions:
The use of a graded series of passages of increasing difficulty to determine students’ strengths, weaknesses, and strategies in word identification and comprehension.

Matt is a fourth grader who has a difficult time with comprehension. On a recent
test given by Ms. Fountain, his teacher, found his instructional reading level was
calculated to be 2.3 and his independent reading level was 1.8.

What type of test did Ms. Fountain give to Matt?

Instructional reading level 
challenging text, but not frustrating for the student of read successfully 
with normal classroom instruction and support. Although suggested criteria 
vary, better than 95 percent word-identification accuracy and better than 
75 percent comprehension are often used as standards in judging whether a student is reading at this level. Determined by an Informal Reading Indicator (IRI) test.

The chart below describes each reading level:
easy text for a student to read with few word-identification problems and 
high comprehension. Although suggested criteria vary, better than
99 percent word-identification accuracy and better than 90 percent 
comprehension are often used as standards in judging whether a student is 
reading at this level. 
challenging text, but not frustrating for the student of read successfully 
with normal classroom instruction and support. Although suggested criteria 
vary, better than 95 percent word-identification accuracy and better than 
75 percent comprehension are often used as standards in judging 
whether a student is reading at this level. 
Difficult text, less than 90 percent accuracy in word identification and less 
than 50 percent comprehension are often used standards in judging whether 
a student is reading at this level.
A typed or written record usually kept daily. A collection of student writing in response to reading

Reading Rockets states, "Writing in journals can be a powerful strategy for students to respond to literature, gain writing fluency, dialogue in writing with another student or the teacher, or write in the content areas. While journaling is a form of writing in its own right, students can also freely generate ideas for other types of writing as they journal. Teachers can use literature that takes the form of a journal by reading excerpts and discussing them with students."

a measure of central tendency; specifically, the middle value or score in an ordered frequency distribution.

In addition, I have created a Quizlet set of the vocabulary words found here. On Quizlet, I am very fond of playing the matching game where you can drag corresponding items (term to definition) onto each other to make them disappear. I also like to create a test on Quizlet with multiple choice, true or false, and matching to assess my knowledge of all the vocabulary words.

Good Luck!

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