AWARD Assessment is an integral part of literacy learning that informs and guides teachers, students, and caregivers as they make decisions about learning and establishing individual learning goals. Assessment occurs frequently as an on-going part of the learning program, and can be used to provide information about student progress in phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, word study, and oral language as students become readers, comprehending and making meaning of complex grade level texts. AWARD Assessment enables students to recognize what they are trying to achieve in learning, make a judgment about how well they have done so far, and articulate this in conversations with their teachers, caregivers, or other students. When assessment is integrated into daily learning, when individual learning goals are identified and discussed, and when students engage in a self-reflective process to talk about their learning, high levels of gains are made in learning to read.
The Online assessment program includes alphabet and high-frequency word assessment, unseen texts, test passages, and a database. Once the teacher logs the student onto the specific assessment site, the database records the student’s choices on each assessment activity, making it easy for teachers to pinpoint skill proficiency for instructional decisions and profile growth and progress for family members, school administrators, and student conferences. At each grade there are two benchmark texts for each reading level. At Kindergarten and Grade 1 these are unseen narrative texts. At Grade 2, the narrative and informational texts are included in the 36-week program.
The Blackline Masters assessment includes assessment measures for placement testing, progress monitoring, and formative assessment. All three grades are included in the one printed guide. Online, these are accessed from the Teachers’ Section of the website.