Read Oregon: An Oregon Collaborative for Improvement of Literacy

formerly known as CREADE
Collaborative Reading Education And Distance Education


ED 565: Techniques of Literacy Assessment for the Classroom Teacher (2 cr)
Fall 2007
Winter 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Winter 2014 (01/06/14 - 03/21/14)

Dr. Phillip Hofmann, Eastern Oregon University

This course is grounded in theory and research, but it is above all, a practical course. Assessment is viewed as a part of the learning cycle. The course specifies in careful detail how to assess students and how to use assessment results to provide effective instruction. The emphasis in the course is on teaching students strategies that they can use independently for improving word recognition, vocabulary knowledge, comprehension, reading in the content areas, writing, spelling, and study skills.
PREREQUISITES There are no required prerequisites for this course. However, learners are assumed to be teachers with access to K-12 students.
Readings from textbook and Internet with postings to discussion board; classroom-based assignments for K-12 students; culminating project.
STANDARDS This course supports the following International Reading Association's 2010 revised Standards for Reading Professionals:
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.
Upon completion of the course, students can
  1. Provide students with strategies that they can use independently to improve their literacy skills.
  2. Understand current approaches to teaching readers and writers and the varying philosophies behind these approaches.
  3. Comprehend reading and writing difficulties and the factors that contribute to reading and writing problems.
  4. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of readers and writers.
  5. Provide classroom instruction for the readers and writers.
  6. Understand strategies for word recognition, contextual analysis, and dictionary skills and strategies.
  7. Understand the concepts of the written word and general comprehension techniques regarding reading in the content areas.
  8. Comprehend techniques for helping students develop their written skills.
  9. Organize a program for struggling readers and writers.
CORE/ELECTIVE This graduate course can be used as 2 core 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. 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. 16 years as K-12 language arts and reading teacher in California and Oregon. Seven years teaching at EOU. Reader's Theater expert. Author of children's books. (BA, San Diego State University; MA and PhD, Claremont Graduate University)
K-12 teachers interested in literacy assessment and teachers working toward a reading endorsement.
Students should expect to spend 6 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 Textbook(s) are required for this course. You will find the textbook listed in the syllabus that is posted online at the EOU website or you may contact the instructor. For most classes, the EOU Bookstore will be a source for the textbook.
COST No course in the ReadOregon curriculum will cost more than $359 per credit, including all fees.
CONTACT For more details on this course, please contact Dr. Phillip Hofmann at Eastern Oregon University.


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