Posted:10 February 2016
Author: Corrie Rhyasen Erdman, Community Learning Network
Found in: Learner Assessment
Looking for a reading assessment that tells you what reading skills to teach to each learner?
Read Forward is an informal reading assessment designed with learners in mind. It is low-stakes and uses reading tasks learners encounter in their daily lives. By working through the reading tasks in the tests, learners demonstrate what they know about reading…and what they don’t. The tasks they perform successfully reveal what the learner knows and can do with their reading skills. The tasks that they cannot complete give us a glimpse at the gaps in the learner’s reading knowledge.
Included with the Read Forward materials is an answer key that not only provides the test answers but also includes the reading skill being tested in each question. Knowing the reading skills for each question means that the test results identify the specific skills the learner needs to work on. This information supports learning and instruction by:
Providing a baseline. The test results mark the starting point to compare and measure learning progress.
Informing the learning plan. The skills identified by the assessment articulate what specific skills to teach. These can be used as part of the learning plan.
Monitoring learning progress. Having a baseline and knowing the skills to teach enables practitioners and learners to keep track of the development of reading skills.
Before using Read Forward it is important to clarify if this assessment is the right assessment for the learner and the purpose. Read Forward is designed for learners who
Be clear about your intent and purpose for using the Read Forward assessment. If you are using the assessment to
Read Forward is available as a free download from www.readforward.ca Take the time to review the guide before using the materials. And once you have used Read Forward check out the companion resources (leveled reading materials, teaching strategies, tips for assessment and planning for learning) on the Alberta Reading Benchmarks website. www.arbforadults.ca
Corrie Rhyasen Erdman
CLN Regional Support Staff