Word ID Assessment Across the Content Areas

Why Assess Word Identification in Secondary School?

Prevalence of Multisyllabic Words in Secondary Content Area Texts

One chief characteristic of content area texts is the prevalence of multisyllabic words. Since the academic content areas are the heart of the secondary school curriculum, students must master multisyllabic word reading if they are to be prepared for college and career.

Some Secondary Students Require Instruction in Word Identification

Proficient readers possess skill in three distinct yet interrelated areas: word identification, vocabulary, and comprehension. When a student is struggling to read, it is often difficult for teachers to discern which of these areas may be causing the greatest difficulty. While there are many assessments for secondary teachers to choose from if they wish to measure student proficiency in vocabulary or comprehension, word identification skills are generally overlooked at the secondary level.

Word ID Assessments Are …

  • Easy to use
  • Quickly administered
  • Formative
  • Discipline-specific
  • CCSS aligned
  • Reliable
  • Flexible
  • Cost-effective

Word ID Assessments Can Be Used in …

  • Middle schools
  • High schools
  • Upper elementary
  • Tutoring centers
  • RtI systems
  • Pre-service teaching programs
  • Professional development courses
  • College developmental reading courses
  • College tutoring centers
  • Adult literacy programs

Word ID Assessments Can Be Used by …

  • Content area teachers
  • Special educators
  • Resource specialists
  • Literacy coaches
  • Instructional coaches
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Tutors
  • College reading instructors
  • Teacher educators
  • Adult education teachers
  • Homeschooling parents

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