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All these pieces of information are floating around in my head, waking me at 2:00 a.m.
As part of the instructional resource team in my building, these past two weeks have been spent on deeper assessment. The initial screeners (DIBELS, IDEL, AimsWeb) are finished. Now we are using the Fountas and Pinnell benchmark system to figure out instructional text levels of our students who may need extra resource help.
I have been pushing myself (and my team - sorry, ladies!) to finish quickly, but I've learned that the quick way isn't the best way. These assessments take time, and it's time well spent. We are lucky - the classroom teachers value what we are doing. I haven't heard anyone questioning our assessment plan or how much time it is taking. I'm thankful for that!
I'm now focused on taking the time to read with each child (no matter how long it takes) to get the most complete picture of their reading, considering all the components. Assessment leads to instruction. That's the point. We're spending our time well.