Dr. Melinda Prague
Chat 2 (Case Studies)
For this assignment, think of yourself as the reading coach at
You will be administering 4 assessments to four children.
You will be demonstrating that you know how to
administer the test and interpret the results.
You will train the teachers at your school to administer and
interpret the test.
One of the four students must be a special needs child
One of the four students must be an English Language
Part 1 - Assessments
Administer Concept About Print Test - administer to a
child between the ages of 4 and 6
Administer the Oral Language Checklist to an elementary
Administer Multidimensional Fluency Scale - any age
Administer the Reader Self Perception Scale to a middle or
high school student
Concepts About Print was designed by Marie Clay
Assesses print knowledge - letter, word, sentence story,
directionality, text vs. picture, and punctuation.
Marie Clay’s four booklets may be used as pre tests or post
tests, but the same information may be assessed without
This video clip includes examples of informal
phonological/phonemic awareness assessments.
This video clip includes examples of concepts of
print and letter recognition assessments.
The Oral Language checklist is an anecdotal record.
Use the checklist provided in the text (page 83).
While this appears to be one of the simplest of the
assessments, it is difficult if you are not currently in a
By having students read one or two grade-level passages for
one minute each, teachers can get a quick sense of their
students' level of decoding accuracy, automaticity, and
prosodic reading. Rasinski's Multidimensional Fluency
Scale is an example of a quick assessment that may not be
definitive, but does provide teachers and school
administrators with a method for screening new students,
tracking students' ongoing progress in the various
dimensions of reading fluency, and identifying the students
who may require additional assessment and instruction.
As the reading coach, how will you assist classroom teachers in using the assessment data
you gathered to plan instruction?
What curriculum materials will you suggest that match the reading levels,
interests, and cultural and linguistic background of students, and how will you
assist the teachers in selecting the most appropriate strategies that best meet the
needs of the student.
All strategies must be researched based.
In a written report, clearly outline and interpret the results of the tests, help teachers select
appropriate options, and explain the evidence base for selecting the practices to best
meet the needs of all students.
Communicate the assessment information to various audiences for instructional
purposes. (ie. power point, video, etc.)
Share your results and recommendations with other classroom teachers, reading
specialists, reading coaches, literacy coaches, parents, and the teachers of the
children who were used in the case studies.