This article is a starting point for understanding how assessment for learning plays a critical role in informing and driving instruction in literacy. This read provides information about evidence-based assessment practices, including screening, diagnostic, and progress monitoring. This article will help develop an understanding of a comprehensive assessment system and how educators can use the data collected to support universal instruction. Embedded in the reading is an easy-to-understand “cheat sheet” chart to help compare and contrast assessment purposes related to assessment for learning and assessment of learning. In addition, the article explains the role Oral Reading Fluency plays in screening and progress monitoring.
This article supports educator understanding of the various purposes for assessment in an early reading program, a broad construct applicable across many aspects of the curriculum.