It is that time of year already! Time for students to prove just how much they have improved their reading skills. Besides state testing and any other end of the year testing we can put them through it seems.
At our school we use the DRA 2 assessment kit. I have found this to be a very reliable and true assessment for our students. We give this test in December and in April.
We use the DRA to find students’ independent reading level. They are tested on oral fluency and on comprehension. The DRA is also our universal screening for RTI. If students don’t make certain benchmarks, they are automatically placed into the RTI cycle to receive reading interventions.
Grades K and 1 are very easy to assess with the DRA 2 kit. Grade 2 takes a bit longer, but still does not take up too much time. For grade 3, it does take longer because students have more on the written comprehension part. If students struggle with writing or are not very fast at composing their thoughts, it can take a bit of time to complete. But I think it is well worth it for the information that you get from it.
These are some of the DRA folders. Since it is the end of the year, teachers send their folders to me when they finish assessing all of their students. I keep them and then redistribute them the following year. The folders hold the tests students pass each year. There is a place to write in information on the front, inside, and back. The back of the folder has a graph to show visually where the student is reading independently and where they should be for that time of year for that grade level. It is a great visual aid to have when showing parents where their child is reading.
Next week, I will show you what we use for the older grade levels. We used to use the DRA 2, but have switched to something else that we like better.
What do you use to assess students or for your universal screening for RTI? I would love to hear about it!