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EDUC 601 Methods and Strategies for Effective Reading Instruction

Name:__Layne Statezny_____________________________ School:_________Mesa Elementary_____________________

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PART I: Background Assessment Information

Standardized COMPREHENSION Assessment MAZE from CORE Assessing Reading Multiple Measures
(Examples: TCAP, BEAR, NWEA, TerraNova, etc.) OR (see pages 150-180)
Informal means of Assessing COMPREHENSION
(Writing Samples, Classroom activities, Retell Forms,
Assessments from Core or Intervention program, etc)
Name or Means of Name: Comprehension Reading Test from SFA reading MAZE
Assessment: program

Screening, Progress Progress Monitoring Progress Monitoring


Monitoring, or Diagnostic?

When is it typically Every cycle, between 6-8 days Once a month


administered?
Beginning of year/ Midyear/
End of year/ only once/
monthly/ weekly/ etc.
How is it administered? Individually Individually
WholeGroup or individually?
Amount of time to 45 minutes 1 hour 3 Minutes
administer?

How is it scored? Scores are entered into the SFA Member Center where reports Scores are entered into students data files.
Are scores entered into a can be printed by Reading Program Leader by request
database? If so, what types
of graphs are available to
help with analysis?
Training of Person(s) We had a teacher training at the beginning of the year for this Our school as the reading specialists administering these
Administering? program. I learn more and more as the year progresses. I learn tests. I see how they are given and used this knowledge
new ways to have students fully comprehend what we are and new knowledge or readings to administer these tests
EDUC 601 Methods and Strategies for Effective Reading Instruction
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reading. myself.
Are results shared? Results are shared with students homeroom teachers and Results are shared with homeroom teachers and district
If so, how and with whom? district staff. Reports are printed, as well as, individual staff.
communication with homeroom teachers.

Each test is published by the Success For All foundation in our Michael Milone, Ph.D.
Is this a published teacher guide booklets for each cycle. Could not locate the copyright year.
assessment?
If so, who is the publisher
and what year is the
copyright?

Has this assessment been I could not find any reviews on either of these sites for the
reviewed? I found an article about research found on the effectiveness of MAZE test. Please redirect me if I am incorrect on this.
(Check either the SEDL or the SFA program. Results found that this was one of three
the National Center on RTI reading programs with highly effective ratings.
websites) If so, what were
the results of the review?

What is your personal My experience is somewhat low for the administering,


experience level with My experience is very high with administering, scoring, and scoring, and analyzing this assessment. I viewed other
administering, scoring, and analyzing this assessment. I give a comprehension test every teachers administering this test to my students.
analyzing this assessment? 6-8 days. I use the previous scores to help me better Observation and monitoring of the test being given has
understand what I need to work harder on for the next aided in my knowledge of the MAZE Test.
reading cycle.
EDUC 601 Methods and Strategies for Effective Reading Instruction
Name:__Layne Statezny_____________________________ School:_________Mesa Elementary_____________________

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What specific Recognizing story structure Monitoring Comprehension


COMPREHENSION skills -Finding main ideas and supporting details -Identifying correct wording to determine comprehension
does this assessment Monitoring Comprehension of text
measure? -Reflection on how they found the answer to the following
question
Summarizing/Retelling
-Summarizing the whole of the passage

What are some Some considerations may be text that is on their individual I feel like allowing culturally and linguistically diverse
considerations for students reading level. I could also read the passage orally and ask students read this passage orally may aid in their
with special needs or some questions to probe comprehension. comprehension of the sentence.
students who are culturally
and linguistically diverse?

n what ways can you I can integrate comprehension across other subject areas by I feel like this test is a bit harder to cross with other
integrate comprehension in choosing texts that assist in the learning of similar subjects. I subjects. On the other hand, when answering questions in
lessons / assignments just read The Hopi which can move into our social studies other subject areas, you could give students three words to
across other subject areas? standards of Colorado. choose from to make the question correct.
PART II: Analysis of Assessment Results for two different students

STUDENT #1 Grade Level: Standardized or Informal COMPREHENSION Assessment MAZE from CORE Assessing Reading Multiple Measures
(see pages 150-180)
COMPREHENSION Skills He was able to make benchmark scoring.
Mastered Recognizing Story Structure, Monitoring Comprehension, Monitoring Comprehension
Summarizing and Retelling
He was able to accurately answer all of these questions on
the comprehension test.
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COMPREHENSION Skills to He mastered this comprehension test. We are moving Continue to work on more difficult text to continue growth
Teach onto finding facts and opinions in our next cycle. of comprehension skills.

Based on a Synthesis of both Assessments:


What is your idea of an Student will be able to correctly identify fact and opinions in the text using word clues when appropriate by the end of the
appropriate *SMART learning 6 day reading cycle.
goal for this student?

What are your ideas for how In each lesson, we use team talk questions where discussion and reading takes place about facts, opinions, main ideas, and
you might progress monitor this problem solving. I will be able to monitor through his written responses and oral answers. I also give them a chance after
student to ensure adequate the test is given to work as a team to add or change answers to achieve a better score and understand of the
growth is made to meet the comprehension test.
learning goal?
What are your ideas for the My idea for the type of comprehension instruction that would be needed to ensure this students learning goal is met is to
type of COMPREHENSION make sure to use random reporting to ensure that the student understands the skill. Allowing adequate time for the
instruction/intervention that students to discuss my questions and to add on or change other peers answer to receive the top score on our challenge
would be needed for this scores. I also would use real world application to the daily reading to extend the team talk questions and intrigue real
student to ensure that the interest in our text.
learning goal is met?
What are your ideas for how Students are required to read 20 minutes every night and respond with 2-3 sentences on what they read that evening. I
you can inform parents and could contact the parent and ask them to have their child talk to them about what they read for the 20 minutes and read
involve them in assisting to what they wrote in their homework journals to make sure that the two have common qualities.
support this students growth in
COMPREHENSION?
What are your ideas of how you
could collaborate with others in My ideas on how to collaborate with other in my school to ensure that this students learning goal is met is by having bi-
the school to ensure that this weekly meeting with their homeroom teachers to let them know what progress their student is making. The reading
students learning goal is met? program that we implement in our school does not really go beyond my classroom. Other teachers make sure
comprehension is attained through other subjects. I am unsure of how to make my goal move further through other
members of the school.
EDUC 601 Methods and Strategies for Effective Reading Instruction
Name:__Layne Statezny_____________________________ School:_________Mesa Elementary_____________________

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STUDENT #2 Grade Level: Standardized or Informal COMPREHENSION Assessment MAZE from CORE Assessing Reading Multiple Measures
(see pages 150-180)
COMPREHENSION Skills Monitoring Comprehension He was able to make benchmark scoring.
Mastered He has mastered finding the topic of the text and how he Monitoring Comprehension
found it.

COMPREHENSION Skills to He needs to have a deeper understanding on how to Continue to work on more difficult text to continue growth
Teach summarize the text with important details and complete, of comprehension skills.
meaningful sentences.

Based on a Synthesis of both Assessments:


What is your idea of an This student will be able to create an accurate summary from part of the text by the end of this 6 day reading cycle.
appropriate *SMART learning
goal for this student?
What are your ideas for how As I monitor the classroom, I can have him orally give me a summary or retell of what he has just read individually or with a
you might progress monitor this partner. I can prompt him with questions that pertain to a quality summary. Such as, is that an important piece of
student to ensure adequate information? Is that in your own words? Have him find an understanding about what he just told me orally was a great
growth is made to meet the summary and if he would have written that he would have had a 100 on our challenge score sheets.
learning goal?
What are your ideas for the My idea for the type of comprehension instruction that would be needed to ensure this students learning goal is met is to
type of COMPREHENSION have him focus in on summaries that his peers make during reading. I can use random reporting to have students restate
instruction/intervention that what their peer just summarized. By repetition, he can have a better understanding of what a summary is and use his new
would be needed for this found knowledge to use in his own summary writing. His graphic organizer is very messy. This tells me that he may not
student to ensure that the have the greatest understanding of what should be put on the organizer. Having an individualized lesson on completion of
learning goal is met? graphic organizers may aid in his success for summarizing. w
EDUC 601 Methods and Strategies for Effective Reading Instruction
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What are your ideas for how This student in particular has a difficult time with reading. I feel like his parents may not know the importance of reading
you can inform parents and 20 minutes a night. I feel like having the parents involved with his reading may prompt both the student and the parent to
involve them in assisting to become more involved with reading daily. Reading together would be amazing, but always doesnt happen. I would ask the
support this students growth in parent to have the student retell what they read that evening to them and that would assist with his summarizing skills.
COMPREHENSION?
What are your ideas of how you I feel like this relates to student #1 as well. It is hard to have one goal move onto their homeroom teacher. We use a 90
could collaborate with others in minute reading program 4 days a week. Therefore, not much more reading and comprehension is permitted in regards to
the school to ensure that this the time left in the day. Again, I know teachers strive for comprehension in other subjects. I can ask them to really work on
students learning goal is met? this student summarizing what they just learned in other subjects, such as, science and social studies.
*SMART = Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Research-based, Time-Phased

Optional
Is there anything in particular that you would like your instructor to provide you with feedback on in relation to this assignment?
Or are there any challenges/concerns/questions that came up for you during the completion of this assignment for which your
instructor might offer some suggestions/advice?

I feel like with the reading program that is being implemented at my school brings roadblocks in regards to communication with
other teachers. We have a 90 minute block set up 4 days a week for this program. So most reading skills and goals stay with my
students in my classroom during that trimester. Maybe I am looking at the work collaborate in a different light? Please let me know
what you think.