February 24, 2013

Assessing Students' Oral Reading

I developed an easy to use rubric that takes into account 8 different reading behaviors that all teachers would want their students to have.  I could see multiple uses for this rubric:

Guided Reading:  Use this once a week as a formative assessment to see how students' fluency is progressing.  Once you identify where students have deficits, make a goal for that students and work with him or her on that goal throughout the following week before using the rubric to analyze his or her reading again.

Reading Conferences:  During reading conferences, sample students' oral reading of their current independent reading book or literature circle book.  This will be a great indication to you if the book is too easy, just right, or challenging for the student.  It's also a great conversation starter to talk with students about their independent reading material choices.  In middle school, I feel like some students "fake read" and would rather pick a book that's way too hard for them rather than pick a book that they can access that's appropriate for their reading level and background knowledge.  Using this rubric will help you quickly identify if a student is able to access their selected book at a "just right" level.

Summative Assessment:  If you are a middle school teacher who does not get very much one-on-one or small group time with your students, perhaps you could use this rubric as a snapshot in time to see where students are at with their oral reading before Parent Teacher Conferences or the end of a quarter.

I hope that the rubric helps you identify goals for your students and also helps to monitor oral reading progress over time.  Enjoy!



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