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1 Informal Reading Assessments for Grades 4-6 Literacy Learners Ashley Gehris Master of Science in Education, Walden University READ 6709: Literacy in Academically Diverse Classrooms Lisa Cline July 26, 2020
2 Informal Reading Assessments for Grades 4-6 Literacy Learners From an early age to adulthood and beyond, literacy is constantly learned. The more practice and work with literacy allows for individuals to continue to improve their literacy skills. Literacy is the starting point for all learning, whether it is math, social studies, science, etcetera, literacy is a part of it (Ellery, Oczkus, & Rasinski, 2018). Learning occurs through reading (Walden University, 2014a). Without reading skills, students struggle to excel in their academics ( Hui, 2016). Students move through stages of literacy development. From the beginning stages to the advanced stages, students are reading fluently, building vocabulary, developing comprehension of complex texts, participating in reading discussions, and reading a variety of materials and genres (Walden University, 2014b). Understanding the different stages of reading, teachers must “meet the student’s needs for learning, for thinking, for problem solving, and for sharing ideas and feelings” to use the appropriate teaching practices (Reutzel & Cooter, 2016, p. 49). Using assessments with the students in the areas of fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, reading attitude, writing, etcetera will provide information for the teachers to modify their instruction practices to address the student’s academic needs. Students must work at an appropriate individual challenge level to progress with their development ( Reis & Boeve, 2009). In order to complete informal assessments with the students to determine their levels of instruction required, teachers must take the time to learn about their students. Knowledge of the students and their background allows for information to be gathered for future use in the classroom. Furthermore, having the teachers learn about the students gives opportunities to build relationships with the students. Establishing relationships with the students allows the students to become comfortable and cooperative when it comes to taking assessments. Teachers use both cognitive and noncognitive assessments. However, the first assessments utilized with any student
3 regardless of their age is a reading survey. A child’s attitude towards reading allows for teachers to have insight into their abilities. The survey allows for teachers to understand the type of reading the child enjoys from academic to recreational reading. The student marked that she loves recreational reading. Academic reading is not her favorite, however she does it as needed to be successful in school. She does not like to read aloud in the classroom, however she does enjoy reading. She has positive attitude towards reading, however associated with reading is writing and she does like writing at all.

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