Assessing Readers

Qualitative Diagnosis and Instruction

Second Edition


Rona F. Flippo

This second edition of Assessing Readers continues to bridge the gap between authentic, informal, and formative assessments and more traditional quantitative and summative assessment approaches. It supports individual classroom teachers' knowledge, beliefs, decisions, and roles and offers specific assessment, instruction, and organizational ideas and strategies, while incorporating a range of perspectives that inform the field of reading and literacy education, covering the most important ideas and information found in more traditional reading diagnosis books.

Inclusive and practical, the text provides

  • Sample assessments, field-based components, strategy lessons, and case studies
  • A full chapter on standardized testing that explains these tests with clear, easy to understand examples
  • Scenarios to help teachers explain test results to parents
  • Attention to differentiated and tailored instruction so that special learners and students from all diverse, cultural, and sociocultural backgrounds have opportunities to learn

Pedagogical aids include chapter-opening "Focus and Goal" statements, "Consider and React" opportunities throughout all chapters, contextual definitions and a glossary of terms, end-of-chapter questions for "Reflection and Response," and an appendix of assessment forms for elementary teacher use.

Changes in the second edition include

  • Addresses the Common Core State Standards
  • Includes Response to Intervention (RTI)
  • Discusses family literacy in language-diverse homes and the needs of ELL students
  • Offers ideas and guidelines for ELL assessment
  • Looks at issues of accountability and teaching to prescribed state tests and objectives versus accommodating to them
  • Provides new practical examples, including new rubrics, more teacher-developed cognitive assessments, a new case study, and new teacher-developed strategy lessons

© 2014 | 376 pp.
IRA Stock No. 9317
Copublished with Routledge/Taylor & Francis

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