Linking Reading Assessment to Instruction

An Application Worktext for Elementary Classroom Teachers, 5th Edition

By Arleen Shearer Mariotti, Susan P. Homan

© 2010 – Routledge

226 pages

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About the Book

Now in its Fifth Edition, this text applies current theory to classroom practice by providing, in each chapter, a brief explanation of major concepts followed by guided practical experience in administering, scoring, and interpreting reading assessment techniques.

The Fifth Edition is revised and updated to reflect recent developments in the field. New activities are included throughout. A Companion Website for instructors and students, a value-added feature, is new for this edition. Like previous editions of this popular text, this edition

  • Emphasizes the use of assessment and diagnosis for instructional decision making
  • Stresses the use of informal assessment techniques - reflecting the current emphasis in educational assessment theories - but also includes usage of standardized test scores
  • Provides numerous classroom-tested, hands-on activities, giving students step-by-step experiences in administering, scoring, and interpreting assessment techniques

This text covers assessment/diagnosis in all five critical reading areas: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. It is designed for undergraduate and graduate courses in reading diagnosis, reading methods that include a diagnostic component, and for in-service courses on reading/literacy development and diagnosis.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Assessment and Diagnosis Defined

Chapter 2. Self-Evaluation

Chapter 3. Identifying Struggling Readers

Chapter 4. Using Standardized Test Scores

Chapter 5. Assessing Emergent Literacy

Chapter 6. Informal Reading Inventory

Chapter 7. Evaluating Comprehension Strategies

Chapter 8. Assessment of Word Recognition Knowledge, Spelling, and Fluency

Chapter 9. Grouping and Instructional Decision Making

Appendix A: Directions for the Language Experience Approach

Appendix B: Directions for the Directed Listening-thinking Activity (DLTA)

Appendix C: Directions for the Directed Reading Activity (DRA)

Appendix D: Extra Forms




About the Authors

Arleen Shearer Mariotti is a retired educator having served the field of education for over 35 years, most recently as a classroom teacher at Adams Middle School, Tampa FL and Staff Development Trainer with Hillsborough County Public Schools. She currently is an adjunct literacy instructor at the University of South Florida and a national trainer for Population Connection.

Susan P. Homan is a Professor of literacy at the University of South Florida, author of over 30 published articles, and conducts professional workshops in the state of Florida. She is Director of the Literacy Innovation for Education (LIFE) initiative which links business and education to benefit struggling readers and the community.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Elementary
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Reading & Phonics