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ERIC Number: EJ823967
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Palm Pilots: An Assessment Power Tool
Lacina, Jan
Childhood Education, v85 n2 p134 Win 2008
Struggling readers may regularly worry about reading at an appropriate speed and intonation. Fluency is a "hot" topic according to Jack Cassidy's annual reading survey published in "Reading Today," in which he interviews various literacy experts throughout the United States on the hot and not-so-hot reading topics. Fluency measures are regularly used throughout the United States, as are other assessment procedures, to ensure that students are reading at grade level by the 3rd grade. The pressure remains high to achieve No Child Left Behind mandates--and teachers and students alike feel a sense of anxiety to note growth on these ongoing assessments. Teachers throughout the United States use personal digital assistants (PDAs), or handheld devices, such as a Palm Pilot, to assess student learning and monitor their academic progress. Informal assessment has long been an effective way to monitor student progress, keep track of what students know, and define areas for improvement. Such informal assessments may include keeping anecdotal notes, running records, or checklists. For some teachers, such informal assessment can be time-consuming, since they must record their observational notes on paper and then transfer the data to the computer to look for progress over time. In some states, Reading First provided teachers with Palm Pilots as a tool for monitoring student progress. For example, Texas teachers must document data disaggregation, benchmarking, and interventional plans; more than 90 percent of Texas elementary schools are using the Texas Primary Reading Inventory (TPRI) to ensure that children are reading on grade level by grade 3 (Texas Education Agency, 2004). The TPRI is an informal assessment developed to provide teachers with a means of determining student progress as readers in such areas as print awareness, phonemic awareness, graphophonemic knowledge, oral reading ability, listening, and reading comprehension. This article discusses how the use of Palm Pilots has changed the way the TPRI is administered in Texas. (Contains 3 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 3
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001