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1 Research Foundations and EGRA Protocols or Why these measures? Sylvia Linan-Thompson

2 Purpose of Assessment in a Prevention-oriented System Intervene early and strategically during critical windows of reading development Identify need, allocate resources, and design and modify instruction Develop and promote a comprehensive system of instruction Address reading failure and reading success from a school-wide, systematic perspective

3 Research Why now? –Early predictors –Consistently strong measures of future reading growth are measures of phonemic awareness and fluency in naming letters of the alphabet. –Evidence that phonemic awareness predicts to later reading ability within and across languages (Francis, 2006; Ziegler & Goswami, 2005). –Oral reading fluency

4 Research –Easy to measure Reading measures to identify first grade students who need intensive early intervention are valid (Fuchs & Fuchs, 1998; Good & Kaminski, 2003). For their use to be sustainable, measures must also be quick to administer and score and provide information about students’ academic skills useful in planning instruction (Fuchs & Fuchs, 2007). To be valuable, the data have to be used.

5 Research –Can be changed with interventions We have evidence that changing instruction can change students’ trajectories




9 K at-risk n=141 K at-risk n=142 Cohorts II & III CombinedCohort I – Historical Control New 1 st at-risk n=62 New 1 st at-risk n=86 Fall 1 st no risk n=24 Fall 1 st at-risk n=60 Fall 1 st no risk n=70 Fall 1 st at-risk n=38 Winter 1 st at- risk n=41 Winter 1 st at- risk n=10 Winter 1 st at- risk n=15 Winter 1 st at- risk n=20 Winter 1 st at- risk n=34 Winter 1 st at- risk n=30 Total continued at-risk = 81Total continued at-risk = 69

10 What are the components of early reading? Letter knowledge/ Alphabetic principle Phonemic awareness Vocabulary Accuracy and fluency with connected text Comprehension

11 Components of early literacy should be included in the curriculum and instruction. And, the components should be assessed by the measures we use.

12 In addition to identifying what we want to assess, what else should we consider when identifying measures?

13 Factors to Consider Testing economy: How much do you get? Efficiency: What do you get for the effort? Task difficulty: Which skills will you measure? Developmental validity: How well will they hold up over time?

14 Testing Economy How much information will you get from the battery of tests? How many measures do you need to cover a construct? Is it necessary to measure every aspect of a construct?

15 Testing Economy Letter knowledge –Letter names –Letter sounds –Upper case –Lower case –Different fonts –Automaticity

16 Efficiency and task difficulty Do you need to measure every letter in the alphabet or just the most difficult? –What do you gain and lose?

17 Developmental Validity Will there be a floor effect? Will there be a ceiling effect? Will the criterion change with the age/grade of the student?

18 Letter Knowledge With a finite construct like letter knowledge we can expect a ceiling effect.

19 Assessment: What are we measuring? Sub-skill Mastery Advantages Monitors student growth on specific skills Closely linked with curriculum Helps monitor toward short-term objectives Example Assessments included in reading curriculum Chapter tests

20 Assessment: What are we measuring? General Outcome Advantages Curriculum independent Measures student growth towards long-term outcomes Assesses for retention and generalization Example EGRA

21 Assessment Type: Screening Brief assessment that focuses on critical reading skills strongly predictive of future reading growth and development –At the student level you can identify children likely to need extra instruction. –At the school level you can identify gaps in instruction.

22 Assessment Type: Diagnostic Longer measure that provides a more in-depth analysis of a student’s strengths and weaknesses.

23 EGRA Set of 8 measures in 7 domains

24 Reading components and EGRA Protocols

25 Why these areas? They are predictive of later reading difficulty. They are easily measured. Instruction in these areas has an impact on student outcomes. If these areas are addressed, we can change trajectories.

26 Why fluency? Fluency measures assess not only whether or not a child knows something, but whether they have integrated the knowledge and can process the information automatically. To be successful readers, basic reading competencies have to be automatic.

27 Letter Knowledge Accuracy in naming letters –Letter naming Accuracy in identifying sounds of letters

28 L i h R S y E O n T10 i e T D A t a d e w20 h O e m U r L G R u30 g R B E i f m t s r40 S T C N p A F c a E50 y s Q A M C O t n P60 e A e s O F h u A t70 R G H b S i g m i L80 L i N O e o E r p X90 N A c D d I O j e n 100

29 Phonemic Awareness Accuracy in segmenting sounds in words –Phoneme segmentation

30 (Put a slash through the sound if incorrect, underline if correct) What are the sounds in ________? Indicate the total number of correct phonemes as /a/ /s/ it /i/ /t/ me /m/ /e/ us /u/ /s/ too /t/ /oo/ sat /s/ /a/ /t/ lid /l/ /i/ /d/ mop /m/ /o/ /p/ light /l/ /i/ /t/ pot /p/ /o/ /t/ _____/2 _____/3

31 Alphabetic Principle Accuracy in mapping sounds to print Fluency in mapping sounds to print –Non-word reading –Dictation

32 wubdodikvusnux5 ulzelbefwabhiz10 minrasbubjafduz15 tamafkedigel20 lozepyatol tob25 ufralepbabvif30 tigdevdopzacgok35 lutsigzopmigzut40 wofibjudzekvok45 ruzhufsaakjep50

33 Oral Reading Fluency Accuracy in reading decodable words and irregular words. Fluency is reading decodable and irregular words. –Word reading –Short passage

34 Comprehension Listening comprehension Reading comprehension –Ability to answer literal questions Short answer Yes/no


36 Summary EGRA are –Screening measures –Curriculum independent –As a set, measure long-term growth –Focus on the critical areas of reading and –Data can be used to change trajectories

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