University of Iowa

Data-Based Decision Making

Content related to literacy instructional/assessment decisions based on data.

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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Linguistic Context Questionnaire

A supplemental resource from the Early Literacy Blueprint Initiative, teachers can use this questionnaire to plan appropriate instruction for English learners by gathering information about the student's linguistic background, the language(s) used in the home, and the literacy practices of the family.

PDF iconLinguistic Context Questionnaire

Kim Buryanek Q&A

Critical Elements of Implementing Small-Group, Skills-Based Instruction

By:  
Iowa Reading Research Center

Posted on: September 19, 2017
The addition of quality teaching materials and support from the Iowa Reading Research Center led to common beneficial practices used by teachers across schools during implementation of small-group, skills-based literacy instruction at Sioux City Community School District.