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Overview of Literacy Assessments

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Literacy by Design (LBD) Benchmark

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1-5 Up to 3 times per year To find student’s instructional reading level for material selection and small group instruction One-on-one assessment. Student reads text, answers questions and does a retell of the reading at different levels Guided reading levels shared at Parent-Teacher conference

AIMSWeb

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SK - 6
Three times per year
To monitor students’ overall reading growth; to identify students who may need further assessment
One-on-one assessment. Student reads 3 grade level passages for one minute each. The teacher records the median (middle) number of words / letters / sounds read correctly. AIMSWeb results are sent home with report cards.

Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI)

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3 - 8
Three times per year
To check inferential comprehension and monitor student reading growth.
Computer-adaptive test. Students read short passages and answer questions that require inferences about the text. Based on student answers, the test “adapts” until it finds the right level for the student. Results shared on request

Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam (WKCE)

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1 -5
Once per year (fall) To determine the adequate yearly progress of students at the school, district and state levels. Students read passages and answer a variety of vocabulary and comprehension multiple choice and extended response questions Individual Student Reports shared in late Winter

Grade Level Guidelines: AIMSWeb R-CBM

Grade
Fall Target
Winter Target
Spring Target
1 N/A 20 40
2 44
68
90
3
77
92
110
4 93
105
118
5 104 115 124
6 109 119
125

The numbers above show the grade level targets for words read correctly in one minute on grade level passages. Generally speaking, students reading at or above these fluency targets are proficient readers.These targets are based on recommendations from the University of Oregon DIBELS research. To find out more about how fluency can be used to predict overall reading 'health,' visit the DIBELS or AIMSWeb web sites.

Click here to download the district's complete grid for AIMSWeb proficiency levels, including measures of early literacy.

Grade Level Guidelines: Guided Reading Levels

Grade Fall Winter Spring
SK AA - C
B - E
C - G
1 D - G
F - J
H - K
2 H - K
K - M
L - N
3 L - N
N - O
O - P
4 O - P
P - Q
Q - S
5 Q - S
R - U
T - V
6 T - V
V - W
W - X
7/8 W - Y
X - Y
Y

The letters above represent the Proficiency range for guided reading levels. These levels are based on the recommendations from Fountas and Pinnell, experts in the area of literacy. Click here to find out more about Guided Reading.

Click here to download the district's complete grid for Guided Reading proficiency levels.