Last week I posted about the inconvenience of having to stop my guided reading groups...again...in order to test my kids...again. Today I'm changing my tune. I am so glad I took the time to test my students!

Last Tuesday and Wednesday I used the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) to test my students. The object of the test is to determine their reading levels based on their words per minute, accuracy, oral fluency, and comprehension on leveled texts read aloud to the teacher by the student. In this case, we were trying to determine their growth over the course of the year.

Let me just say that my kids ROCKED it! I was so proud of them and every single child increased their reading level by at least one guided reading level. I even had children ask me if I would test them again because they weren't pleased with their scores! Amazing!

I've included my scores for both of the classes that I teach. I have not included these scores to boast or brag about my teaching skills, but rather as proof that guided reading DOES WORK!  I know that my results would not have been nearly as great had I not implemented this style of teaching in my classroom this year. Please note that I have changed my students' original names to student 1, student 2, student 3, etc. to protect their privacy.
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    Meet Marti

    Marti is 3rd grade ELA, Reading, and Social Studies teacher at Willow Bend Elementary. She has been in education for the past 15 years. In addition to teaching 3rd grade, Marti has also taught 4th grade and has been the instructional technology specialist at her campus. This is her first year to use the guided reading method in her classroom.

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