This three-part training covers how to administer and interpret diagnostic reading assessments for adult learners, how to build individual reading profiles, and how to use this information to plan effective instruction.
This training is a prerequisite for all further EBRI (evidence-based reading instruction) trainings. Exception: previous completion of or current enrollment in STAR trainings fulfills this requirement.
The face-to-face part of this PD is on January 3, with a snow date of January 5.
This professional development activity/course is designed for:
- ELA teachers of adult learners at GLE 0–3 and 9–12 (for GLE 4–8, see http://sabes.org/star)
- Program staff involved with assessing adult learners' reading
EBRI is a set of practices, grounded in research and professional wisdom, for teaching the four essential components of reading (alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension) to adult learners. This training focuses on diagnostic assessment of adult learners' reading strengths and instructional needs.
Completion of all three parts of this training is required in order to receive any PD hours.
Part 1 (face-to-face, 5 PD hours) covers three main areas:
- The relationship between diagnostic assessment and EBRI
- Practice in administering free individual assessments in alphabetics, fluency, and vocabulary
- Using learners’ diagnostic reading profiles to determine their strengths and instructional needs (i.e., which components to emphasize and at what level)
Part 2 (practicum, 4 PD hours) must be completed within two weeks of the initial session:
- Administer a background questionnaire and the above assessments in alphabetics, fluency, and vocabulary to one ABE learner
- Using these results and the learner’s MAPT score for comprehension, build a Reading Profile Report that covers the learner’s assessment scores, a summary of the learner’s background questionnaire, a summary of the learner’s strengths and needs in reading, and suggestions for what materials to use and at what levels
The trainer will provide individual written feedback on each participant’s report, and each report will be made available for all participants to read prior to the final online session.
Part 3 (online, 2 PD hours):
- Give a brief case presentation of the learner you assessed
- Discuss the various learner profiles with the group, and share your assessment experiences and insights
- Discuss some of the challenges you faced in implementing diagnostic assessment and some possible solutions to those challenges
Note: This training may be bundled with other EBRI opportunities to earn PDPs.
Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:
- Explain why diagnostic assessment is critical to EBRI
- Administer and interpret diagnostic assessments in alphabetics, fluency, and vocabulary
- Create a learner's reading profile based on the above assessment results and the learner's MAPT reading score
- Summarize the results in a brief Reading Profile Report to inform classroom instruction
- Required: Overview of Evidence-Based Reading Instruction. Current dates and registration information are at the ELA PD Events page. NOTE: Previous completion of or current enrollment in STAR trainings fulfills this requirement.
- Recommended: The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts for ELA.
- As with all ELA PD, you may find it useful to view this 19-minute video introducing the CCRSAE for ELA.