We are a little over half way through our first cycle of RtI. If you want to read about our RtI process click here. Knowing what interventions to teach was not the hard part. Finding assessments that were ready to use was giving me problems. I needed a large variety of assessments to cover the many different areas our school could be covering in RtI. And I did not have the energy nor the time to make them all myself- I know you know what I mean there- never enough time! 🙂
This is where Reading A-Z has been a huge help! I have a classroom license to their site and I put that money to good use! You can see in the picture above a little tab that says assessments. They have a wide variety of assessments that you can utilize. Today I will focus on the phonemic awareness part.
|Background Paper from Tessa at Tales from Outside the Classroom|
If you have been a follower for very long, you will know that I do a lot of phonemic awareness activities with my students. With having the assessments I have the other piece of the puzzle. I like to keep my assessments (well, really most things) in binders. It keeps them neat and I know right where they are. I went to the Reading A-Z site then printed off the assessments for phonemic awareness. They are now in a binder ready to go!
We use the different assessments for our weekly progress monitoring. When students master one skill then they are moved on to the next and taught interventions until that one is also mastered. We do not use all of the assessments. I pick and choose the ones that are appropriate for our students at that time- I don’t know that I have ever used all of anything or not tweaked it to fit my style and my students. I’m sure you do the same!
If you are in need of more weekly assessments for RtI or just want to do some assessmenting of your students for yourself, you just may want to give Reading A-Z a try. They have a wide variety of items, assessments, and materials.