Now is the time to assess your early readers to identify unfinished learning...
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we recognize that the start to this school year has been enormously challenging. Most critically, children have lost instructional time, and our K-1st grade students have lost this time at an especially critical developmental window. As you continue to transition to hybrid learning, we have resources specifically designed to target the needs of your K-1 students, beginning with the assessment of unfinished learning due to COVID-19.Currently, most schools use literacy assessments that are not necessarily fully adaptable to a remote or blended school environment, or do not provide formative support in the way that is needed in the remote environment. We have developed an assessment kit that is rapid and easy-to-implement. As a member of the Teaching Matters community this resource will be free for you.
We will be hosting a webinar next Wednesday, October 7th from 3:30-5 PM EST. In the webinar, Using Remote Assessments to Help Identify Unfinished Learning due to COVID-19, we will be prioritizing five critical skill areas for early reading; phonemic and phonological awareness, letter and letter-sound recognition, high-frequency words, and concepts about print (CAP). Participants will learn the key features of remote assessments, scheduling and tracking, and implementation and analysis of an in-house designed assessment kit. We will send direct links to all in attendance for our free-to-access module course for reference: this hosts all the protocols, materials, and videos demonstrating how to use them.
As educators, assessments allow us to know our students and set the social-emotional environment. These assessments are for formative support to determine where students may be stuck. Assessments also help us identify the skills that students possess, and should include foundational skill mastery along with a plan for the acquisition of new skills.
We look forward to sharing these assessment resources with you. For more information about resources for K-2 readers click here.
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