Read Oregon: An Oregon Collaborative for Improvement of Literacy

formerly known as CREADE
Collaborative Reading Education And Distance Education

ONLINE COURSE (Desire2Learn - D2L)

READ 534: Classroom Reading and Writing Assessment, K-8 (3 cr)
Spring 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Summer 2012, 2013
Spring 2014: 03/31/14 06/13/14

Fran Verbruggen, Portland State University

Students will examine a variety of literacy assessments and explore how these assessments can be used to help teachers to develop effective instruction. Topics include:
  • Foundations of assessing children's literacy knowledge,
  • Assessment of word knowledge and reading fluency,
  • Assessment of comprehension and composition,
  • Implications of literacy assessment beyond the individual classroom.
    Students will discuss relevant literacy assessment research throughout the course.
  • PREREQUISITES Graduate standing. It is assumed that students will have access to K-8 students in order to complete some assignments.
    Readings from textbook and Internet with postings to online discussion board; reflective journals, classroom-based assignments for K-8 students; culminating project.
    STANDARDS This course supports the following International Reading Association's Revised 2010 Standards for Reading Professionals:
    1.1 Candidates understand major theories and empirical research that describe the cognitive, linguistic, motivational, and sociocultural foundations of reading and writing development, processes, and components, including word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading-writing connections.
    1.3 Candidates understand the role of professional judgment and practical knowledge for improving all students' reading development and achievement.
    2.1 Candidates use foundational knowledge to design or implement an integrated, comprehensive, and balanced curriculum.
    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.
    3.4 Candidates communicate assessment results and implications to a variety of audiences.
    4.1 Candidates recognize, understand, and value the forms of diversity that exist in society and their importance in learning to read and write.
    5.1 Candidates design the physical environment to optimize students' use of traditional print, digital, and online resources in reading and writing instruction.
    5.2 Candidates design a social environment that is low risk and includes choice, motivation, and scaffolded support to optimize students' opportunities for learning to read and write.
    5.3 Candidates use routines to support reading and writing instruction (e.g., time allocation, transitions from one activity to another, discussions, and peer feedback).
    5.4 Candidates use a variety of classroom configurations (i.e., whole class, small group, and individual) to differentiate 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.
    6.3 Candidates participate in, design, facilitate, lead, and evaluate effective and differentiated professional development programs.
    The purpose of this course is to help students understand the importance of classroom and curriculum-based literacy assessments in planning instruction, and to provide students with strategies for implementing classroom literacy assessments and using assessment results to improve instruction.
    • Students will explore the foundations of inquiry-oriented assessment, connecting assessments to state and national literacy standards, assessing the effectiveness of the literacy learning environment, and assessing children's motivation for reading and writing.
    • Students will examine the language foundation of literacy development and how to assess pre-literacy skills, assessments for word recognition, oral reading, and spelling.
    • Students will examine vocabulary assessment, comprehension, strategic reading, comprehension of informational text, and writing.
    • Students will look at portfolio assessments, formative uses for literacy assessment, authentic literacy assessment, linking curriculum, instruction, and assessment, IEP development, and teacher-developed reading and writing assessments.
    CORE/ELECTIVE This graduate course can be used as 3 elective credits in the Literacy Assessment thematic area in the 24-credit Reading Endorsement program, the 12-credit Literary Education program, or for individual professional development.
    INSTRUCTOR Fran Verbruggen is a doctoral student in the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University, where her research interests include instruction for struggling readers and writers and English language learners. She currently holds an early childhood/ elementary teaching license with a reading endorsement, and has taught reading at both the elementary and college levels. Her educational background includes coursework in literacy development, language acquisition, and communication sciences and disorders. (BA in Spanish: University of Maryland Baltimore County; MA in teaching French: University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana; MAT: George Fox University, Oregon.)
    K-8 teachers interested in classroom assessment techniques for both reading and writing.
    Students should expect to spend 9 hours per week for 10 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 A textbook is required for this course. Check the PSU ReadOregon webpage.
    COST No course in the ReadOregon curriculum will cost more than $359 per credit, including all fees, for students enrolled in the ReadOregon program.
    CONTACT For more details on this course, please contact Fran Verbruggen or Elizabeth Snyder.

    For further questions about ReadOregon programs, email Bonnie Morihara or call 503-838-8413.

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