ERIC Number: ED489878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Analysis of State K-3 Reading Standards and Assessments. Final Report
Schenck, E. Allen; Walker, Douglas R.; Nagel, Carrie R.; Webb, Loretta C.
US Department of Education
This report addresses the relationship between state content standards and assessments and the essential components of effective reading instruction. The extent to which the essential components are addressed in the standards and assessments indicates the extent to which states have integrated the essential components into their reading curriculum. This report describes reviews of state assessments and standards, the purpose of which was twofold: to evaluate the degree to which state reading content standards for K-3 students reflected expectations for learning in these five essential areas of effective reading instruction; and to determine the extent to which state assessments administered in the K-3 grade span played a role in the measurement of Reading First outcomes in the five areas. The methods used to address these two purposes differed in both emphasis and approach. This study conducted an expert review in January 2004 of state reading content standards for grades K-3 from a random sample of 20 states. Five consultants with expertise in reading instruction, scientifically based reading research, staff development in reading, and familiarly with state content standards reviewed the standards from the 20 selected states. Teams of two reviewers determined how many of each state's standards represent the five areas of reading instruction and the degree to which this representation is clear, is appropriate for the intended grade level, provides complete coverage of each area, and provides an appropriate level of detail to guide instruction. Appended are: (1) National Reading Panel Description of the Essential Components of Reading Instruction; (2) Stratified Random Sample of 20 States; (3) Documentation Used in Review of State K-3 Reading Standards in 2003-04; (4) Standards Review Instrument; (5) State Assessment Review Form Sample Page; and (6) Results of Analyses of Ratings of State K-3 Reading Standards. (Contains 7 figures and 3 tables.)
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Evaluation Methods, Reading Research, Reading Instruction, State Standards, Reading Skills
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: RMC Research Corp., Arlington, VA.; McKenzie Group, Washington, DC.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.