Monday, October 17, 2016

Reading: More than One Way to Measure It!

In the wake of the STAR reading assessments that have just recently taken place in our district, I wondered if there were some other measures of reading that might be interesting to think about at the same time. In no particular order, here are some questions to consider:

- How do students feel about reading?

The Survey of Adolescent Reading Attitude (SARA) is a tool to measure exactly that. It is an easy 18 question survey that will provide insight into the reading attitudes of your students--definitely something worth measuring and targeting for improvement!

- How many books do your students read each year? 

Reading quantity is an interesting measure, particularly if you are trying to target improved reading and sustained reading ability. I have previously written about literacy goals that track number of books read here.

- How much of your budget is dedicated to buying books for students to read at your school?

Without being too direct here....there is probably some correlation between where you invest money and the goals you have. A related consideration  is  How are the books your school buys selected? 

- How much time do students spend reading and talking about reading at school? 

Time on task, practice,  and reflection on practice contribute to stronger skills. How is reading time prioritized?

Food for thought. Feel free to leave a comment below with your thoughts.

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