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Assessment—Tools to assist in the evaluation of student readiness, ability, and achievement
For Literacy-Grades 1–3
Balanced Reading Assessments:
Free downloadable assessments include a fifty two page criterion-referenced early reading test and quick assessments of word sounds, non-words, and phoneme segmentation.
Big Ideas in Beginning Reading:
Benchmarks and grade-leveled skill sequences covering critical components of learning to read, including phonemic awareness, the alphabetic principle, accuracy and fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
Patti’s Electronic Classroom:
Printable assessments to measure students’ phonemic awareness and spelling abilities. Includes information related to linguistic development, levels of phonemic awareness, and reading and writing developmental scales.
Downloadable assessment tools to track student progress in areas of letter recognition, high frequency words, phonics, and phonological awareness. Annual subscription required to access forms.
National Center for Learning Disabilities:
Provides information about identifying dyslexia in children. Lists common signs of dyslexia in areas such as spelling and reading.
6 Traits Writing Assessment:
Rubrics and teaching strategies covering the six traits of writing. Includes a list of picture books to use when teaching about the six traits, synonyms and adjective lists that encourage varied word choice, a spelling strategy chart, and sample graded papers from emergent writers.
6 Traits of Writing:
On-line activities, checklists, rubrics, and printable classroom posters that help students strengthen their writing skills. Areas covered include ideas, organization, voice, sentence fluency, word choice, and conventions.
Printable writing and editing checklists help students organize, proofread, and strengthen their own compositions.