Beginning of the Year Testing

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  1. lab0205

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    What kinds of tests do you all do at the beginning of the year in your first grade classroom? - Letter Idenification, Hearing Sounds in Words, Running Records??
     
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    We are required to do the DRA on each child but I also do:
    Running Records
    Interest Inventory type conference
    Dolch assessment
    I also have them write all the letters they know (upper and lower case)
    Write the words they know
    Start at 1 and write up as high as they can
    I usually take some sort of writing sample
     
  4. Ilovefirst

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    We are required to do the Observation Survey
    - running record (have to find 2 hards, an easy and an instructional level)
    - hearing and recording sounds
    - letter ID
    - writing vocab
    - word list reading
    - concepts about print

    Very soon into the year I do a spelling assessment from Words Their Way to see where they are.

    I don't do a math assessment until the end of the first unit in every day math.
     
  5. jennyd

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    My school doesn't require any assessments, and being a girl that likes evidence of progress, I'm eager to incorporate some beginning ones.

    For the letter recognition, what kind of prompting do you give them? Do you just ask them to write as many letters as they know? Does it have to be in order? I've already got the alphabet on the wall...do you cover yours when you do it?


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    Letter ID is just having all the letters, capital and lowercase, plus typewriter a and g all mixed up and then having the student look at them and name the letter.
     
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    And they are not in alphabetical order. If they don't know the name of the letter, we ask if they know what sound it makes, if they can't do that, we ask if they know a word that starts with it. (sometimes they can come up with that, but can't segment the sound of that letter)
     
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    The Letter ID that most posters are referring to is from the Observation Survey by Marie Clay. It is a form that the kids look at to ID their letters. They are not in alphabetical order and have capitals at the top and lowercase letters at the bottom. You simply ask "what are these?" "Do you see any you know?" They can id them by name, sound or link (such as zebra for z). I usually have an index card to cover all but the one row the kid is reading, keeps their eyes on the one line of print.
     
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    oops, posted at the same time as Ilovefirst....
     
  10. Tasha

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    Here is our first grade list:
    DRA
    - hearing and recording sounds
    - writing vocabulary
    - word list reading
    - Letter ID & Concepts About Print only if below a 3 on DRA level)
     
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    I basically do the same thing as the others.
    Our school system uses the PALS assessments during the third week of school. However, I like to give something a little earlier. I do a writing sample, a quick letter and sound recognition, write their numbers as high as they can, write their letters ( upper and lowercase), and I have them read words off the High Frequency chart. The PALS Assessment is on the curry school website. I think it is a state thing.:2cents:
     

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