HELP- I need to Pass Virginia Reading Assessment ( VRA)

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    HELP- I need to Pass Virginia Reading Assessment ( VRA)--- I have been studying like crazy this is my 6th time taking this test- I need a 235-- the last time I took it I recieved a 231--- Has anyone taken this test and passed it-- if so, what did you study-- I've been studying reading terminology like crazy--- Phonemic awareness, morphemes, syntax, structural analysis-- everything-- but I keep coming up short on this test--- any tips would be useful-- any books I could buy? DVDs I could watch that would be helpful?
     
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    Hugs, theteacherpet.

    Your score reports should contain diagnostic information, in the form of plus marks for each domain and for each constructed response question. Given that information, which domains of VRA are giving you grief?
     
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    Reading Development--- that is the one that hurts me the most

    Reading development- I score lowest on..lol. I hate it-- lol. any suggestions?
     
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    That's domain III, which covers

    - concepts about print
    - phonemic awareness
    - phonics
    - word analysis
    - vocabulary development
    - fluency
    - comprehension
    - comprehension of literary text
    - comprehension of non-literary text

    In other words, that's pretty much the core of what readers do and how we help them do it. And that's 40% of the test.

    So tell me: what do you LIKE about reading instruction?

    And what have you done in the past to prepare for this test?
     
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    I like phonemic awarness, I think that is the easiest to comprehend for me as far as the child decoding the word or using invented spelling, I like it because it was the easiest to grasp and the easiest to teach to students-- I give them Graphophonic cues to help them as they read. I also enjoy phonological awareness ( syllabification) clapping out words with students. -- As far as my preparation, I have been looking up reading terms in the glossary and studying from a study Guide I got from Barnes and noble. I also have been reading books on running records and Structural analysis activities to do in the classroom. --- Concepts of print is also difficult for me on this test. lol-- I have been looking online and can't find anythign that tackles that subject thoroughly.
     
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    Here's a hint for you: if a term like "concepts about print" doesn't get you anywhere on Google, try looking for a term within that category: "environmental print", say, or "book-handling skills".

    Try these Web sites:

    The Cognitive Foundations of Learning to Read: A Framework, http://www.sedl.org/reading/framework/

    Put Reading First, from the US Department of Education, is a thorough and accessible overview of reading instruction from first steps in print awareness through phonics, comprehension, and fluency: http://www.nifl.gov/partnershipforreading/publications/reading_first1.html.

    Annenberg Media, http://www.learner.org, offers video on demand in reading, writing, literature, and more for grades K-12. You'll need broadband.

    Carl’s Corner, http://www.carlscorner.us.com/, is a Web site chock full of lesson plans and other goodies in language arts from a veteran teacher.

    Reading Rockets: Reading Glossary, http://www.readingrockets.org/teaching/glossary, is a fine compendium of vocabulary for teaching reading, and the rest of the site’s worth bookmarking.

    ReadWriteThink, http://readwritethink.org/about.html distributes its lesson plans among three sections: Learning Language, Learning About Language, and Learning Through Language.
     
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    Virginia Reading Assessment

    This is to teacher's pet and Teachergroupie...I have also had a hard time passing the VRA. Like you teacher's pet it's been six times taking it. My highest score was a 233. The reading development section seems to be my strong point. I keep missing it in the oral communication section. Does anyone have info I could use in this area???? I have been using a study guide by XAMonline...got it from Barnes and Noble. I also use "Secrets of the Virginia Reading Assessment for Elementary and SPED teachers.
     
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    I feel your pain. I got lucky with this test. When I took it they were doing the pilot for it. Everyone who took it passed because they were using the scores to determine the cut score. Good luck!
     
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    Yes, i started teaching in 2007...right when minimum scores were required to pass!
     
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    Hugs, tayrob.

    According to the test blueprint at http://www.va.nesinc.com/PDFS/VE_fld001_testblueprint.pdf, one big chunk of domain 2 (the oral language and oral communication domain) is phonological and phonemic awareness. Do all the points made in the test blueprint under 0004 make sense to you?

    The Standards of Learning docs for English at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/english/index.shtml might give you some guidance. I'd pay attention to both the Standards and the Frameworks: if Virginia's like California in this respect, the Frameworks docs flesh out the Standards (which means they may well contain useful examples for you). In addition, I notice a link for ESL/ELP standards on the right side of the Web page: those would be worth perusing as well.

    Googling for lesson plans may also help, or checking the Web sites of schools or districts that are particularly known for excellence in English/language arts.
     

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