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Assessing Readers Using Their Independent Reading Books

The In-Book Assessment provides teachers with a method for assessing a student's reading level using his or her independent reading book.

Assessing Comprehension Proficiency

In addition to assessing reading levels, teachers are often looking for tools to assess the proficiency with which students use their reading skills. These types of assessments can become the basis of plans for both curriculum and individual conferences. Here are some samples of how a comprehension proficiency assessment might go.

Monitoring Reading Volume and Stamina

We recommend that schools establish and implement policies so that each student in the school (grades 2-8) maintains a daily record of the books he or she reads in school and at home. These logs are not places for responses to reading, nor do students write book summaries in them. They are simply records of time spent reading and volume of reading accomplished. After a few weeks, we suggest you encourage students to study their reading logs so that they can understand and articulate their reading habits. The logs provide an irreplaceable window into students' reading lives.

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