Today we did the second language arts PAT: comprehension. I hoped it would be more of a breeze for my students. It was quite a challenge though. I think there is a real skill in creating a multiple choice test that really gives good information about where students weaknesses are. The test we did today was a good one, I would say. It really got me thinking about what I can do to help students' comprehension improve. There is no simple formula.
Next year, we will be doing assessments in the beginning of the year. This change is focused on identifying where student's are at early on so that we can tailor our teaching to their strengths and weaknesses. In theory, it is a great idea. I hope it ends up being as successful as the sales pitch would have us believe.
One thing is for sure, next year I plan to do more read alouds, try to meet more reading needs through
Book Club, and definitely be very purposeful in working to improve students' reading.