Marg Craig was excellent and outlined how to use the assessment and went though the trickly bits that teachers might encounter. I thought I would take this chance to highlight some of the important points she made during the presentation for any teachers who were unable to attend.
- Teachers should sit beside the child they are assessing, not across from them. The teacher needs to observe where the child is looking and how they act when they are reading.
- Pg. 7-9 of the Primary teacher handbook highlights the characteristics of good readers, teachers should be thinking about these things and including strategies to teach them in thier literacy planning.
- Levels: Books 1-6 are for the SK range, 6-20 is for grade one, the 20's are for grade two, the 30's are for grade three etc.
- If the teacher is unsure about scoring, always round down.
- Be stingy when scoring level four's, make sure you feel confident that the child can fully achieve the expectation.
- Moderation with other teachers is great - it helps to ensure you are all scoring the same.
- When completing the reading survery consider completing it as a whole class activity to save time.
- Testing should be done twice a year .
- Children should not read the books at any other time than the testing time.
- Ideally the child should not see the same book twice.
Pearson Education also has a good selection of online tutorials and online webinars available on their website. http://www.mypearsontraining.com/products/dra2/tutorials.asp
If you have any further questions or need help with your DRA please do not hesitate to contact myself or any member of the FNSSP team!
By Julieanne Steedman, Early Learning Coordinator