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Using Data To Assess Your Reading Program


reviewed by Susan Pasquarelli 2005

coverTitle: Using Data To Assess Your Reading Program
Author(s): Emily Calhoun
Publisher: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA
ISBN: 0871209683, Pages: 230, Year: 2004
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Long recognized as an influential process for curriculum change, action research is a valid, constructive practice for teachers to employ to investigate their own teaching practices through a new lens (Lewin, 1948; Sagor, 2000; Stringer, 1999; Thomas, 2005). In her newest book, Emily Calhoun provides a context for improving a reading program by establishing school-wide action research teams to gather, assess, and analyze the quality of the current program and using the research findings to improve student reading achievement. The conceptual framework for Calhoun’s approach to assessing a reading program includes three “big ideas” that help teachers make sense of the overall assessment process. First, teachers and staff should study student performance and reading curriculum elements simultaneously. Second, current student performance and changes in performance should be measured. Finally, the data generated by this collective inquiry should be used to inform and guide changes in practice (p. 1). In part... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 11, 2005, p. 2510-2513
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11831, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 11:56:07 AM

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  • Susan Pasquarelli
    Roger Williams University
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    SUSAN LEE PASQUARELLI earned her doctoral degree in Language, Literacy and Cultural Studies from Boston University and is an associate professor of literacy teacher education at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. Pasquarelli provides extensive in-service instruction to urban and suburban public school teachers that concentrates on the improvement of K-12 literacy instruction across the curriculum. Her recent work includes a middle school writing book entitled, Teaching Writing Genres Across the Curriculum-- Strategies for Middle School Teachers. (In press). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.
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