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1Literacy Assessments and Flexible GroupingAngela NicholsWalden UniversityDr. Lisa ClineLiteracy in Academically Diverse Classrooms: READ 6609JJuly 28, 2019
2Literacy Assessments and Flexible GroupingAs our country struggles to build reading literacy in our students, it has never been more important for educators to understand the specific needs of the students they teach. This means that they must understand how to assess a student's literacy in reading. The data these assessments provide are vital to each students individual growth. Educators spend a great deal of time throughout the school year determining the best instructional plan to help their student's achieve the highest level of reading literacy they can. This involves giving the proper assessments in the beginning to help understand what each student needs in terms of instructionalguidance and new content area practice. Every year teachers struggle to ensure all of their students are making some gains in their reading literacy skills. By providing on-going assessments to gather data, they are able to plan lessons and activities that cater to the specific needs of their students.As a 3rd grade teacher, the reading abilities of my students range from highly gifted to below grade level expectations. For this specific assignment, I worked with eight third-grade students involved in a summer reading program. I have worked with this group since the beginning of summer and had already started working towards helping them progress in their reading literacy. In order to meet the needs of this diverse group of readers, I had to consider the most effective activities and student groupings that will benefit each student while trying to bridge gaps and maintain rigor at a level where all students are challenged to grow. This can onlybe accomplished by assessing student reading levels along the way to ensure each child is gettingthe necessary skill building opportunities and/or interventions they need for academic success. Preparing for the needs of my students should always be my first priority and this means I must stay informed of their gains and/or struggles in reading literacy as the year progresses.
3The literacy tool I used for this assessment is the Fountas & Pinnell reading assessment. To identify what level to begin testing on this specific assessment is by conducting a grade level word list. This is a strength of this assessment because it also helps me identify if there are any underlying phonics or other word development issues that the student may need to get help on.