Adolescent Literacy: State Requires Students Performing Below Proficiency on State Reading Assessments to be Targeted for Diagnostic Reading Assessments
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Adolescent Literacy: State Requires Students Performing Below Proficiency on State Reading Assessments to be Targeted for Diagnostic Reading Assessments

One approach that states might take in providing interventions for struggling readers is to require the thorough, diagnostic reading assessment of the student to pinpoint the precise cause for the student's lack in reading proficiency.

Why does it matter?

  • The exact cause of reading below proficiency may stem from many addressable problems. Careful diagnosis is vitally important.
  • Intervention based on a mistaken diagnosis can be costly.
  • Highlights:

  • Thirteen states target students for diagnostic reading assessments.
  • Note:
    "In practice" means an approach is not authorized or required by state policy but appears to take place in practice.

    Methodology: Policies were collected from state statutes, recently enacted legislation (session laws), and rules and regulations. Where necessary, statewide initiatives created outside of policy were collected from state education agencies. The information will be updated as changes occur.

    Sources for all datapoints are available through this link.

    Last updated: June 2008

    Research was conducted by Melodye Bush. Please contact Jennifer Dounay Zinth at 303-299-3628 or jdounay@ecs.org with comments or questions about this database.



    State requires students performing below proficiency on state reading assessments to be targeted for diagnostic reading assessments
    Alabama

    Alaska
    Arizona Yes
    Arkansas Yes
    California
    Colorado
    Connecticut Yes. As part of the state department of education's Response to Intervention model, schools are directed to target students who perform below proficiency on state reading assessments, for diagnostic reading assessments.
    Delaware
    District of Columbia
    Florida Yes
    Georgia Yes
    Hawaii
    Idaho
    Illinois
    Indiana No, but legislation passed in 2005 requires the department of education to develop a technical assistance manual for helping schools put together plans for reading instruction and to adopt reliable, valid reading instruments to diagnose reading and writing development.
    Iowa
    Kansas
    Kentucky Yes
    Louisiana
    Maine
    Maryland
    Massachusetts
    Michigan
    Minnesota Yes
    Mississippi
    Missouri
    Montana
    Nebraska
    Nevada
    New Hampshire
    New Jersey
    New Mexico
    New York Yes
    North Carolina
    North Dakota
    Ohio
    Oklahoma Yes
    Oregon
    Pennsylvania
    Rhode Island Yes
    South Carolina
    South Dakota
    Tennessee
    Texas Yes
    Utah
    Vermont
    Virginia Yes
    Washington Yes
    West Virginia
    Wisconsin
    Wyoming

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