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Learn 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 evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI). This course will include how to remotely conduct a diagnostic reading assessment, including the background questionnaire and assessments of Word Reading, Oral Vocabulary, and Oral Reading Fluency.

STAR-trained practitioners do not need to take this course, but can choose to do so as a refresher.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ELA teachers
  • Program staff involved with assessing the reading levels of adult learners
  • Anyone wishing to fulfill the prerequisite for further EBRI PD offerings

EBRI: Diagnostic Assessments of Reading focuses on diagnostic assessment of adult learners' reading strengths and instructional needs. The strategies presented will also help students who are struggling or who have learning challenges.

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. WIOA specifies that “the essential components of reading instruction” be incorporated into instruction. This PD offering is a prerequisite for all further EBRI trainings.

Complete all four parts of this largely asynchronous course in order to receive PD hours. While this training is not eligible for PDPs by itself, it may be bundled with other EBRI opportunities to earn PDPs.

Part 1: Online self-paced modules (7 hours)

  • The relationship between diagnostic assessment and EBRI
  • Administering freely available individual assessments in alphabetics, fluency, and vocabulary
  • How to remotely conduct a diagnostic reading assessment
  • 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 (2 hours) 

  • Administer a diagnostic assessment for reading
  • Post your results and notes on the course discussion board
  • Review the results and notes of your fellow practitioners.

Part 3: Case study (1 hour)

  • Read a case study and be prepared to discuss it in the closing live session.

Part 4: Zoom session, 2/4/22 (2.5 hours) [rescheduled from 2/2]

  • Present assessments and learner profiles
  • Discuss the various learner profiles with the group and share assessment experiences and insights
  • Discuss the case study
  • Discuss some of the challenges faced in implementing diagnostic assessments and possible solutions to those challenges

Please note: This course is not accessible from the SABES website. Once you have registered and your completion of the prerequisite is verified, you will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College with instructions on how to access the course.

    Learning Objectives

    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 learner's assessment results and MAPT reading score
  • Summarize assessment results to inform classroom groupings and instruction
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
12/01/2021 - 8:00 am
02/04/2022 - 1:00 pm to 02/04/2022 - 3:30 pm
End Date

Online (Blackboard and Zoom)
United States

PD Center
SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Team
Topic Area
Distance and Blended Learning
EBRI (Evidence-Based Reading Instruction)
PDP Eligible