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Assessments & Inventories
- Ekwall/Shanker Reading Inventory
- Publication Date: June 7, 2013
- by James L. Shanker
- Educators can use the tests to measure oral and silent reading ability, listening comprehension, phonemic awareness, concepts about print, letter knowledge, basic sight vocabulary,
phonics, structural analysis, context clues, dictionary skills, fluency skills, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and reading interests.
- Basic Reading Inventory
- Pre-Primer Through Grade Twelve and Early Literacy Assessments With CD-Rom and Student Booklet
- by Johns Jerry
- This version provides accurate instructional reading levels in a timely fashion with improved student texts and comprehension questions.
- Let's Go Learn Reading Assessment
- Immediate feedback on your child's reading level.
- When Adolescents Can't Read: Methods and Materials
That Work (From Reading Research to Practice, V. 1)
- by Mary E. Curtis, Ann Marie Longo, Boys Town Reading Center,
- In this book, the authors present a remedial program for
adolescents who are behind in reading as much as six grade levels.
- Reading Clinic: Brain Research Applied to Reading
by David Furr
This book teaches parents and teachers a new method of teaching
reading. This method has been proven to work with all people,
young and old. It also works very fast. Most students advance
one grade level per 15 hours of instruction. This works with
students who have never been able to read!
- Reading Rescue 1-2-3
- Raise Your Child's Reading Level 2 Grades Through This
Simple 3-Step Program
by Peggy M. Wilber
- Based on research done at Yale, this simple yet revolutionary
guide merges the three essential elements of reading instruction:
auditory training, phonics, and whole language.
- Why Johnny Can't Read
- And What You Can Do About It
- by Flesch, Rudolph
- Contains complete materials and instructions on teaching children to read at home.
By Ann Zeise
On one of the Unschooling email lists,
we got to talking about how a homeschool parent could test the reading level of their children.
Below are various online reading level tests that were suggested.
I've added more reading tests for kids, too, through the years.
One quick way of assessing reading grade level is to look at the reading level designation
of their favorite books. Usually placed near the list price on
the back cover of children's books you'll see something like
this: RL 3.2. This would indicate that the book was written with
the reading vocabulary of a typical child in the second month
of the third grade. I'd average the "RL's" of their
favorite books, as homeschooled kids tend to read all over the
map. This system, however, tends to stop at about the end of
the 6th grade level.
Value of Reading Assessment
Dr. Richard McCallum discusses reading assessment and instruction
and how together they can become a powerful tool in the process
of learning to read. He also explains the different types of
reading assessments and how they affect grade level reading instruction.
Free Reading Assessment Tests to Determine a Child's Reading Level
Reading Skills Assessment Tool
Have your child read and pronounce correctly each letter or
word starting with "A", the first 8 "words"
are letters, then progress from left to right. When your child
misses 5 words in a row, or is frustrated, then stop. Next, add
the number of words using the number in brackets to help you,
which keeps a tally of how many words your child has read up
to that row.
As you can see this scale goes all the way up to college level.
This test only assesses decoding (reading words); it does not
assess reading comprehension or spelling.
Example: If your child reads all the way up to "quality"
but misses the next 5 or 6 words then they would have a score
of 44. A score of 44 = 4.4 grade reading level, being typical of 4th grade in the fourth month.
Links lead to dictionary.com pronunciations and definitions. You may test for word comprehension through using the linked definitions.
The simpler words sometimes have the more complicated definitions and sometimes several pronunciations.
Award Winning Children's Books
100 books that have won the Newbery or Caldecott awards, or other literary awards for the best children's literature, organized by reading level and title. Resource for finding books once you know your child's reading level.
The San Diego Quick Assessment of Reading Ability
The list in which a student misses no more than one of the
ten words is the level at which he/she can read independently.
Two errors indicate his/her instructional level.
Three or more errors identify the level at which reading material
will be too difficult for him/her.
More on Reading Level Assessment
Let's Go Learn Reading Assessment
AN A TO Z AFFILIATE
This online reading assessment gives you immediate feedback on
your child's reading level, as well as his or her strengths and
weaknesses in reading--all for less than the cost of most formal
Checkpoints for Progress In Reading and Writing
Observational assessments developed by a Subgroup of the America
Reads Challenge: READ* WRITE* NOW Partners Group in 1998. The
checkpoints are grouped largely by three-year developmental periods
because children of the same age and grade often grow and learn
at different rates.
English Language Arts (ELA) Reading Assessments
Free multiple choice assessments with recording matrices on the following: phonemic awareness, consonant and vowel sounds, spelling-patterns, sight words, and grammar in Acrobat format.
Reading Aptitude Assessment
This free aptitude test will detect specific reading deficiencies.
Then we'll give you recommendations to help you or your child
read or read better!
The free reading assessment test is an effective screening device
to determine whether there is a need for further testing. Works
even with those with dyslexia or other learning disabilities.
Running Records and Benchmark Books
A running record allows you to assess a student's reading performance as she/he reads from a benchmark book. Benchmark books are books selected for running record assessment purposes. A running record form, with text from the book printed on the form, accompanies each of the benchmark books.
The child should read the words left to right. When a word that
gets a little difficult, ask the child to sound it out. If the
child can't say what the word is, then go on to the next one.
Determines reading age, not grade level.
- RCI Framework of Reading - Reading Assessment
We have created this summary of the different types of assessment
that can be used for measuring development in reading skills
in the hopes that teachers will better understand how single
skills can be assessed by multiple measures.
SMOG Readability Formula
To calculate the SMOG reading grade level, begin with the entire
written work that is being assessed, and follow these four steps.
A way to figure out what reading level a particular book is.
- Standards-based language arts lessons as part of its online homeschool curriculum. Multimedia lessons teach phonics, reading comprehension & more! Homeschooling should be fun. With Time4Learning, it can be!
Books to Help You Assess and Teach
- Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
by Engelmann, Siegfried
Based on the excellent DISTAR program, my daughter learned to
read well and fast. Combines phonics with interesting reading
material for youngsters.
- Reading With Meaning: Teaching Comprehension in the Primary Grades
by Debbie Miller
- I began to "teach" my son during his summer break
from school. I would recommend this book to any parent trying
to make a difference. It was truly an eye-opener for both of
- Writing Road to Reading 6th Rev Ed.
- The Spalding Method of Phonics for Teaching Speech, Writing and Reading/Book and Record
- by Romalda Bishop Spalding, and Mary Elizabeth North
- A popular method for teaching reading at home, combining the learning of reading and writing.
Improve Reading Ability
- Locating and Correcting Reading Difficulties
- 9th Edition
- by James L. Shanker
- An invaluable reading diagnostic and intervention handbook.