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Literacy Assessments and Flexible GroupingHolley StejskalWalden UniversityDr. ClineLiteracy in Academically Diverse Classrooms – READ 6609jJuly 28, 2019
2Literacy Assessments and Flexible GroupingPart 1: Literacy Assessment ToolsTeachers use a variety of assessments throughout the school year. Assessments vary in the way they are administered, scored, and analyzed. For a student to be academically successful, assessments must be conducted developmentally appropriate. Teachers may assess students for several different reasons and is essential for teachers to understand and accurately analyze the various assessments. The literacy assessment my school administers is the STAR Reading assessment developed by Renaissance Learning. The STAR Reading assessment is a comprehensive test examining the students’ knowledge of reading and language. The STAR Reading assessment is a criterion-referenced assessment administered to students in grades 1-12. The criterion-referenced test consists of questions covering 46 reading skill areas over five domains. The reading domains assessed on the test include analyzing literacy text, word skills, and knowledge, analyzing an argument and evaluating writing, comprehension strategies and constructing meaning, and understanding the author’s craft. The STAR Reading test includes two types of question formats for short comprehension and extendedcomprehension. Short comprehension questions are based on the theory that vocabulary and comprehension are directly related and use single-word deletion within a sentence. Extended items also use single-word elimination, but students must read multiple sentences for these types of questions (Meador, 2019).The STAR Reading assessment is a computer-adaptive test (CAT) which tests student's skills in real-time by adjusting the difficulty depending on a child's earlier responses. For example, for every question the student answers correctly, the system raises the difficulty level of
3the next question. Conversely, if a student fails to answer a question correctly, the difficulty is lowered. Depending on the results, a scaled score (SS) is computed. The scaled score is calculated by a formula based on the relationship between the number of correct responses as compared to the difficulty of the questions asked. Scaled scores for STAR Reading range from 0-1400.

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