ERIC Number: ED435089
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Reading Reform in the SREB States: Early Assessment.
Denton, David R.
The period from kindergarten through second grade is a critical time for developing basic reading skills. This report focuses primarily on assessment of reading in early elementary school. The report discusses what is known about making assessment meaningful and describes what the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states are doing about assessment. The following SREB states' practices are outlined: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. Other SREB states mentioned in the report are: Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia. The following key points are discussed in the report: (1) assessment should not be delayed past the middle of first grade; (2) assessment should be ongoing throughout the school year; (3) assessment should be aligned with state curriculum standards; (4) most SREB states do not require all schools to use one particular assessment; and (5) no SREB state uses early reading assessments for accountability purposes. (NKA)
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Early Intervention, Evaluation Methods, Primary Education, Reading Achievement, Reading Skills, State Standards, Student Evaluation
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.