201: How to Assess Reading

Do you struggle with assessment?

I think every teacher does. Assessment is one of those things that you know you need to do but never have enough time for. I want to change that for you.

In this episode, we’re talking specifically about assessing reading.

I’m answering all your burning questions about how to find time for assessment, what to assess, what not to assess, and how to come up with those marks for report cards at the end of the year.

Assessing reading doesn’t have to be complicated and time-consuming. By the end of this episode, you’ll be armed with ideas to help you assess easily and effectively throughout the year.

In Today’s Episode We Discuss:assess reading episode 201

  • The three types of assessments
  • The difference between diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments
  • Where you can start assessing students on reading
  • The four types of reading lessons
  • Why novels aren’t good instructional tools
  • Assessing according to expectations
  • How to track your students’ data
  • Things to look for as you assess reading
  • Empowering your students
  • Grading based on students’ most consistent marks


I hope this gives you some ideas on how to structure your reading assessment. I know we spend a lot of time talking about what to teach, but it’s just as important to stop and see how much our students are learning and progressing.

I want assessment to be easy for you, not something you’re scrambling to find time for at the end of the year.

Do you want to learn more about reading activities you can do in your classroom? Check out my Ignited Literacy program. Finally, you can have the language arts program you have always wanted but didn’t have the time to make yourself. Go to www.ignitedliteracy.com to find out more.


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