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


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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