BEFORE: More examples – Reading diagnostics


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We also mentioned this resource in Collection 3. You can download it here if you need it.

There are three ideas for diagnostic reading assessments you may wish to use, adapt or modify. If you already know what you’re doing for your contextualised literacy assessment you can skip this.

Using reading focus groups

  • This is very time-intensive so it won’t work for everyone. But as with other examples, you can cut it down and use only what you need.
  • You can find the instructions on page 13.

Administering the Attitudes to Reading learner self-assessment

  • This is a longer and more in-depth version of the one we showed you earlier.
  • If you use it, you may want to break it up into sections and administer them at different times.
  • The full survey form is on pages 110-112.

Tutor observation sheet for conducting more in-depth reading diagnostics

  • This is detailed and would be time intensive as well. So again, it won’t work for everyone. But if you just wanted to focus on one particular area you could cut it down to size.
  • The full version covers language and text features, decoding, vocabulary, comprehension, and reading critically. And it’s designed to work with a sample text from your own context or content.
  • The observation template is on pages 113-115.

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