Literacy Profiles: A Framework to Guide Assessment, Instructional Strategies and Intervention, K-4: A Framework for Assessing K-4

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Literacy Profiles: A Framework for Assessing, Recording and Developing Students’ Literacy Progress, K-4 is a diagnostic handbook for identifying each student’s literacy strengths and weaknesses. The Literacy Profiles framework names ten critical areas of literacy learning, describes the specific skills related to each of these strands, and correlates their development to the early, middle and late stages of grade level progress.  Each of these strands is then covered in chapters that lead teachers to examine and improve on their own instructional practice.  This book and the framework it presents will serve teachers as a valuable progress monitoring tool to not only assess and record  students’ literacy progress but also impact students’ literacy learning specific to individual needs.

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Dr. Itterly,
I would like to let you know just how useful the literacy profile has been. I have been using it so far for just a few students who are a particular high risk, but will be using it soon for the majority of my students. The few instances though I wanted to let you know about how the profile has come into use in two separate ways.

The first was to show a set of kindergarten parents that their son does have control of most of the skills for where he is in terms of school, and has as good starting foundation.

The second, I was able to use the profile as part of an IEP meeting, resulting in a 2nd grade student receiving special education services. Since kindergarten she has made minimal progress. The profile showed that she was in the right place for most areas, but 3 where she was much lower. As another piece of evidence besides the special education testing, this helped to show that Title 1 services were just not enough for this learner and she would be better assisted in a special education setting.

For each of these instances I filled out the profile according to all evidence I had, and then passed it along to the classroom teacher who provided additional information on the profile. All teachers I have shown the profile have had very positive feedback. Our principal and special education teacher in particular have had more than positive feedback.

At our workshop on Friday, we had to set our professional goals for the year. The Title 1 Para-professional and I decided that our Title 1 goal would be to use the ‘profile’ for those students who are at particularly high risk due to multiple factors.

 

I look forward to using your book and the profile in the upcoming year. Thank you for such an insightful resource.


Sincerely,

Sara Barrows

Literacy Specialist

PittstonConsolidated School

Pittston, ME 

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“Too often teachers are asked to simply report whether or not students are at grade level in reading or writing, based on single or narrow measures.  Profiles, on the other hand, offer a wider lens, permitting the teacher to notice and record students’ development across different dimensions of literacy.”  

Sue Biggam and Kathleen Itterly

 

 

Designed to serve teachers as a classroom handbook,Literacy Profiles: A Framework for Assessing, Recording and Developing Students’ Literacy Progress, K-4 serves as a practical tool to help you identify and evaluate the literacy strengths and weaknesses of each student in your classroom.  The framework for the literacy profiles identifies ten critical areas of literacy learning and allows teachers to record the incremental steps individual students make as they become competent and confident readers and writers. Chapter content provides guidance for sharpening your instructional skills and scaffolding instruction based on both summative and formative assessment data. Literacy Profiles provides a valuable progress monitoring tool to tailor literacy learning to individual needs based on purposeful and appropriate assessment information.

 

What will you find valuable in Literacy Profiles?

  • A comprehensive framework that outlines ten strands of literacy development and incremental learning goals for children in grades K-4.
  • Assessment tools that measure not only what students can do but what can they “almost do” to better link assessment with instruction. 
  • Teaching and learning guidance tied to Cambourne’s conditions of learning and social/interactive engagement based on Vgotsky’s zone of proximal development.   
  • Artifacts and assessment data collected from Willa, an actual second grade student,   offers authentic methodology for using the literacy profile with children.

 

 

What do reviewers say?

 

“I’m impressed with the authors’ efforts to include background, assessment and instruction in one text. This is (a) major undertaking and one the field definitely needs.”

Diane Bottomley — Ball State University

 

“The author has chosen great strategies and concepts to introduce to the reader.”

Stephanie Grote — Texas A&M Corpus Christi

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