As we say farewell to the 2018–2019 school year, we would like to offer a few end-of-year considerations for managing the Being a Reader program.
Reflect on your year teaching Being a Reader Small-Group Reading Sets 1–5. Taking the time—on your own or with colleagues—to reflect on your teaching practices will give you important information about preparing to teach next school year.
Think about how you planned to teach small groups across a Set, Week, and Day.
Think about how you used the small-group reading data from the Group Progress Assessments, Mastery Tests, and Individual Reading Observations.
Finally, review your small-group reading outcome data and think about the following questions:
The placement assessment is not designed to be a pre- and post-test. The placement assessment is designed to quickly and efficiently assess what your students know and to place them accurately in the Being a Reader Small-Group Sets 1–5. The Group Progress Assessment, Mastery Test, and IRO data provide a record of what students know at the end of the year. For more information, read “Being a Reader Small-group Reading Sets 1–5: What I Have Learned About Using Data and Reteaching Decisions!”
For a complete picture of foundational skills learned, use the student’s last passed Mastery Test with the Sets 1-5 scope and sequence (in the General Resources section of Being a Reader on the CCC Learning Hub). The student will have mastered all the spelling-sounds and high-frequency words up to and including the lesson of the last passed Mastery Test.
Watch for the “Welcome to the 2019–2020 School Year” blog posts in August/September. These posts will support your implementation and focus on 1) considerations for assessing and grouping students new to Being a Reader and 2) considerations for students continuing with Being a Reader from the previous year.
The Being a Reader assessment data is invaluable for grouping in the 2019–2020 school year. At a minimum, next year’s teacher will need the following data to group each student for instruction:
We look forward to hearing from you about your experiences with the Being a Reader program in the 2019–2020 school year!
Be sure to read our Being a Reader blogs over the summer and stay connected via the Collaborative Classroom Community Group on Facebook®.