Assessments for Reading Chart
General Screening Assessments
General screenings help identify children who may need diagnostic screenings.
It helps identify which students are at risk of struggling with reading at the
beginning of the year. (Reading Rockets)
Describe the purpose:
To determine if students may be at risk for developing struggles in any of the
areas the assessment focuses on.
Describe to whom is it administered:
Given to every student within the classroom.
Describe when is it given:
Generally given three times a year and these assessments should last only one to
seven minutes (Project Ideal).
At minimum from kindergarten to fifth grade (Jan Hasbrouck).
100-150 word explanation of how this assessment is beneficial and what
challenges you might encounter when implementing:
General Screening Assessments are given to all students and usually given three
times a year. The assessment provides simple ways for a teacher to measure a
student’s ability levels in reading, writing/spelling, calculations, and problem
solving (Project Ideal). They will tell the teacher if the student is at grade level
with a focus area within the assessment. For those who may score significantly
below grade level, there will need to be a plan for an intervention in hopes of
raising their understandings within that specific content area. Challenges may
vary for these assessments, the main one being the environment in which the
assessment is given. Teachers need to give the assessment in an environment
Links to three website examples:
RTI Action Network