Profile in Reading Success: How Saint Paul Public Schools Uses Assessments (Even Remotely) to Guide Instruction

01/19/2021 - 11:00am

Grade levels: All Grade Levels, Professional Development

Content areas: Professional Development

District/Organization: edWeb

Four decades of research on early reading instruction has resulted in a broad consensus on how children learn to read. Educators in Saint Paul Public Schools (MN) use this knowledge to teach students the skills they need to become strong readers. But before they implement Tier 1 evidence-based instructional practices or interventions for students struggling to read, they first turn to assessment data to make informed instructional decisions.

In this edWebinar, Dr. Kyle Wagner, NCSP, a research associate with Illuminate Education, will provide an overview of the five essential components of reading instruction and share why screening and progress monitoring is crucial to understand what type of instruction is needed. Dr. Wagner will be joined by Sue Braithwaite, PK-12 Literacy Supervisor with Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS), who will share how the district uses both Curriculum-Based Measures (CBM) and Computer Adaptive Tests (CAT) to:
Determine which students are struggling to read and in what areas interventions and targeted instructions should be applied
Improve reading proficiency and test scores
Guide professional development
Inform curriculum adoption

Sue will also discuss how SPPS has continued screening and progress monitoring during remote learning and the valuable insights that data have provided educators in their efforts to provide equitable, effective reading instruction to students.

This edWebinar will be of interest to preK-12 teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, guidance counselors, and school psychologists. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.