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    Reading Assessment Overview

    Although all assessments have the same goal of measuring student learning, assessments have different purposes and uses. The following information is an important piece of Seattle Public Schools Balanced Literacy Program and will help us develop a common understanding and vocabulary to support instructional efforts. Please refer to the document, Seattle Public Schools Required Reading Assessments, for what is required at your specific grade level.

    Formative Assessment


    • A beginning assessment of a child’s preparation for grade-level reading instruction.

    Progress Monitoring

    • determines if students are learning at an adequate rate
    • indicates whether a student will reach grade level reading ability by the end of the year


    • designed to give more specific information for students who are not responding well to instruction.


    • used throughout the school year
    • tailored to varying needs and learning styles
    • enables teachers to measure student progress over time
    • implemented in a variety of forms


    • Kindergarten Inventory
    • DIBELS
    • Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA)
    • Scholastic Reading Inventory
    • Running Records
    • Quick Writes
    • Student-Teacher Conferences

    Summative Assessment

    • State-wide standardized testing
    • Reading adoption end of unit tests


    • focuses on EALRs and GLEs
    • indicates levels of broad achievement for the state, district, schools, and individual students


    • WASL
    • end of unit tests
    • end of term tests