Dynamic assessment of functional skills, when done well, can at times yield more accurate and salient information than standardized tests. This packet is the perfect functional checklist to comprehensively assess literacy skills for students grades K-3. This 10 page PDF file uses observational and/or reported information to present a holistic view of a child’s literacy skills from phonological awareness, to reading comprehension, to written language skills.
Initial administration of this checklist will result in a complete understanding of a student’s current functional skill level, a baseline. As each checklist consists of skills that are emerging at the beginning and mastered by the end of that academic year, you can compare current skill levels to that of grade-level peers to determine functional therapy goals and appropriate classroom support. As you re-administer this checklist throughout the academic year, you will see clear growth in the functional skills you are targeting. When you re-administer the literacy checklists from year to year, you can demonstrate to teachers and parents how your therapy services are closing the gap of delay in each student.
Observing the reading and writing process, while evaluating multiple written language samples of various genres will help create the most accurate skills profile for each student.
This packet also contains a thorough explanation of 6 reading comprehension strategies and 5 steps of the writing process to be used as reference sheets to guide this dynamic assessment.
Checklists include the following assessment areas (as they appropriately pertain to developmental skill level):
- Phonological Awareness skills
- Book Knowledge and Print Concepts
- Word Knowledge
- Reading Comprehension
- Writing-Content and Process