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ERIC Number: EJ763154
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May-2
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Instant Read on Reading, in Palms of Their Hands
Olson, Lynn
Education Week, v26 n35 p24, 26, 28, 31, 33-34 May 2007
This article discusses teachers' use of hand-held computers in a rural New Mexico district to assess student's reading progress. With the help of a federal Reading First grant, the district began using the DIBELS assessments across its elementary schools along with the mCLASS: DIBELS assessment and reporting system. The district's experience helps illustrate the ways educators can use one popular assessment tool to better inform and shape classroom teaching and learning--a concept often labeled "formative assessment." The assessments include thrice-yearly benchmark tests to help screen and group students, as well as more-frequent, one-minute "progress monitoring" measures. Those measures track youngsters' responses to instruction on a particular literacy skill, such as initial sound fluency, phoneme segmentation, reading of nonsense words, or oral-reading fluency. Using the mCLASS: DIBELS assessment system, developed by Wireless Generation, a for-profit company based in New York City, teachers are able to give and record DIBELS results on hand-held computers and get instant feedback. Teachers can then upload the results to the Wireless Generation Web site to track class, school, and district performance over time using online reports.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico