Learn how reading assessment can improve instruction and learning with the research-based, peer-reviewed articles in this collection, selected and introduced by noted expert Peter Afflerbach.
Fifteen articles cover a broad spectrum of practices and theory related to gathering, interpreting, and using assessment information, including
Afflerbach’s Introduction and the questions for reflection that accompany each article can help you tailor the book to meet your needs—especially useful for school-based professional development and teacher education.
Using the CURRV model to evaluate reading assessment methods—including reading inventories, teacher questioning, performance assessment, and high-stakes reading tests—Afflerbach considers the consequences and usefulness of each method, the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders, and the reliability and validity of the assessments. In addition, he examines four important but often overlooked aspects of reading assessment:
• Assessment accommodation for English-language learners and students with special needs
• Assessment of noncognitive aspects of reading, such as motivation, engagement, self-concept, and self-efficacy
• The use of formative and summative assessment
• The importance of self-assessment in building reading independence
The book provides detailed case studies from all grade levels to illustrate reading assessment done well. It also includes 15 reproducible forms and checklists that teachers and administrators can use to optimize their reading assessment efforts.
Students are expected to read increasingly complex texts and to complete increasingly complex reading-related tasks to demonstrate their growth as readers. This book offers teachers and administrators alike a clear path to helping students meet those expectations.
This book is a co-publication of ASCD and ILA.
New to the 3rd edition:
• New chapter “Formative and Summative Assessment”
• Three significantly revised chapters—Performance Assessment; Assessment Accommodation for English Learners and Students With Special Needs ("Accommodation and Reading Assessment" in 2nd edition); Assessing "the Other": Important Noncognitive Aspects of Reading
• Fifteen reproducible and downloadable forms and checklists
The scant comprehensive accounting of individual differences in reading is reflected in the nature of reading instruction programs today, the outcomes that are expected from successful teaching and learning, and the manner in which reading development is assessed. An important contribution of this volume is to provide prima facie evidence of the benefits of broad conceptualization of the ways in which readers differ. The Handbook of Individual Differences in Reading moves the field forward by encompassing cognitive, non-cognitive, contextual, and methodological concerns. Its breadth of coverage serves as both a useful summary of the current state of knowledge and a guide for future work in this area.
Framed in relation to the educational, social, and political factors that exert varied degrees of influence upon reading assessment, chapters focus on a particular type of assessment to familiarize you with the range of available assessments. Using assessment well demands knowledge and vigilance. Therefore, each chapter uses the CURRV framework as an organizing principle to help you consider the consequences, usefulness, roles and responsibilities, reliability, and validity of each assessment.
The second edition has been thoroughly updated with (1) new research and information on major national and international reading assessments, (2) information on the Common Core State Standards to show how existing assessments can describe and support complex acts of reading, and (3) a chapter on RTI and early reading assessment to show how assessment and instruction can work together.