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Assessment Practices

Content regarding methods and best practices for literacy assessment. 

Teacher being checked for fidelity

Defining Fidelity Categories When Implementing Reading Interventions

By:  
Jessica Sidler Folsom, Ph.D.
Sandy A. Schmitz, Ph.D.
Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.

Posted on: July 31, 2018
When tracking teachers’ fidelity during implementation of a literacy intervention, both use of the intervention components and quality of intervention delivery should be measured, keeping an eye out for both global and lesson-specific components.

Example Fidelity Rubric

An example of a fidelity rubric that addresses both structural and procedural fidelity at the global and lesson-specific levels. Note that this example rubric is not intended to be used as an actual fidelity rubric because it does not correspond with a specific intervention.

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Evaluating the Dimensionality of First Grade Written Composition

Jessica Sidler Folsom, Ph.D.

This study examined dimensions of written composition by using multiple evaluative approaches such as an adapted 6 + 1 trait scoring, syntactic complexity measures, and productivity measures. It further examined unique relations of oral language and literacy skills to the identified dimensions of written composition.