LCPS uses a multitude of reading assessments to assess student academic performance and provide individualized instruction for students. Educators use data from these reading assessments to drive instruction and analyze student progress.
(Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening)
During the months of September and October teachers will be giving the PALS assessment in grades K-3. The information we gather from these assessments will show us the areas of strength and weakness in the students and help us to better plan our instruction for them. If you would like more information on PALS assessment you can log onto their website at:
https://va.pals.virginia.edu/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.showLogin&website=va From the PALS website, parents can go into the Parents Corner via the Instructional Resources for lists of ideas, activities, and web links that can be done with children at home.
(Developmental Reading Assessment)
The DRA is an individualized reading assessment administered to students in grades one through five. Kindergarten students may be assessed in the spring. The main purposes of the DRA are to enable teachers to systematically observe, record, and evaluate change in student reading performance and to plan for and teach what each student needs to learn next. The DRA assesses student-reading achievement in engagement, oral reading, fluency, and comprehension skills and strategies. Benchmark levels have been established for the fall, mid-year and spring. The chart below represents the Spring/End-of-Year benchmarks.
Do not test above this level
(Measures of Academic Progress)
MAP is a computer adaptive test, which means every student gets a unique set of test questions based on responses to previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions get harder. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions get easier. By the end of the test, most students will answer about half the questions correctly. MAP can follow students wherever they are starting from, regardless of the grade they are in. For instance, if a third grader is actually reading like a fifth grader, MAP will be able to identify that. Or, if a fifth grader is doing math like a third grader, MAP will identify that. Both things are incredibly important for a teacher to know, so that they can plan instruction efficiently. MAP covers reading, language usage, and math. Parents can read more about MAP here: https://www.nwea.org/blog/2016/answers-to-the-top-6-questions-parents-ask-about-the-map-test/