Read Oregon: An Oregon Collaborative for Improvement of Literacy

formerly known as CREADE
Collaborative Reading Education And Distance Education

ONLINE COURSE (Blackboard)

READ 574: Literacy Assessment for Middle/High School Teachers (3 cr)
Summer & Fall 2004 (as ED 510)
Summer 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Summer 2014

Dr. Philip Hofmann - Eastern Oregon University

Course applies assessment concepts, principles and processes to literacy behaviors of middle and high school students, with an emphasis on classroom-based assessment. Examines the strengths and limitations of a wide range of assessment tools and practices. Develops observational skills in formal and informal literacy contexts.
PREREQUISITES Graduate standing. It is assumed that participants in this course teach in a middle school or high school or are familiar with literacy issues/practices across the curriculum in middle or high school.
Weekly readings from textbook with reflective postings; professional resource review; development of school or classroom assessment/evaluation plan.
STANDARDS This course supports the following International Reading Association's 2010 revised Standards for Reading Professionals:
1.3 Candidates understand the role of professional judgment and practical knowledge for improving all students' reading development and achievement.
2.2 Candidates use appropriate and varied instructional approaches, including those that develop word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading-writing connections.
3.1 Candidates understand types of assessments and their purposes, strengths, and limitations.
3.2 Candidates select, develop, administer, and interpret assessments, both traditional print and electronic, for specific purposes.
3.3 Candidates use assessment information to plan and evaluate instruction.
6.2 Candidates display positive dispositions related to their own reading and writing and the teaching of reading and writing, and pursue the development of individual professional knowledge and behaviors.
The student who completes this course will:
  1. be able to make informed and critical use of literacy tests, assessments and their data
  2. demonstrate knowledge and application of assessment concepts, principles and processes in regards to literacy behaviors
  3. demonstrate knowledge of appropriate and inappropriate uses of various kinds of literacy assessments, including their strengths and limitations.
  4. demonstrate knowledge and application of principles and procedures of authentic assessment of literacy behaviors, with the emphasis on classroom-based assessment
  5. be able to apply observational skills developed in the contexts of formal and informal assessment to the observation of literacy behaviors in non-assessment contexts
CORE/ELECTIVE This graduate course can be used to fulfill the 3 credit requirement in the Literacy Assessment thematic area in the 24-credit Reading Endorsement program, as an elective in the 12-credit Literary Education program, or for individual professional development. Please consult an advisor at your home institution about adding this course to your program.
INSTRUCTOR Dr. Phillip W. Hofmann, Assistant Professor of Literacy and Education, Eastern Oregon University. 21 years as K-12 language arts and reading teacher in California and Oregon. Eleven years teaching at EOU. Reader's Theater expert. Author of children's books. (BA, San Diego State University; MA and PhD, Claremont Graduate University)
Middle and high school teachers, especially those seeking a reading endorsement.
Students should expect to spend approximately 11 hours per week for 8 weeks in course-related activities (e.g., reading the text and course materials, posting to discussion forums, completing written reports/papers and classroom-based assignments). This course is online and does not require in-person attendance. Assignments are completed on the learner's time schedule and are due as posted.
TEXTBOOK All textbooks are available at the EOU Bookstore online or on-campus. Please give yourself ample time, before starting the course, to order textbooks and to allow for transit time.
COST No course in the ReadOregon curriculum will cost more than $359 per credit, including all fees, for students in the ReadOregon program.
CONTACT For more details on this course, please contact Dr. Phillip W. Hofmann, Eastern Oregon University.


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