In the past my district has been fairly lax when it comes to giving DRAs. Most teachers gave the DRA sometime in the fall and again near the end of the school year in grades K-3. Between those times if we wanted another snapshot we'd assess with a shorter program like the Rigby. Our Title I teachers always offered to assess students brand new to our school since we often don't have any information to go off of and it can take a few tries to get their level. Along with new students the Title I teachers also assessed students they had worked with previously. I teach the inclusion class for my grade and our Intervention Specialists always assessed my students on IEPs for reading. This meant that I probably gave an average of 17 DRAs in the fall out of a class of 25 (on average). Last spring we were trained on the DRA2 which seems to give a more accurate picture, but is also a bit more difficult and we're anticipating many of our students will drop levels from last year. We've been directed to start students 1-2 levels lower than they were assessed at with the original DRA. In order to be consistent, all students must be assessed by their homeroom teacher (so no more getting help from Title I or IS). We also had a shift in our boundary lines so many of our students are new to our school this year, if not our district and I'm having quite a bit of difficulty trying to track down reading information for 8 of my students. Oh, and the kicker is that we're required to have all of our students assessed using the DRA2 by September 20th. School just started last week and I've feverishly tried to help my students gain independence so that I'll be able to begin assessing this week. We're not being provided substitutes but our Title I teacher is trying to help by taking over our classes for 45 min. a day each day for the next week or so. I guess I'm wondering what other districts/schools expect and how you manage to get it all done.