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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of October 30th

posted Oct 30, 2016, 6:20 PM by Courtney Richardson

The Power of Running Records

It is common in many school districts to take running records to determine instructional reading levels and to report progress throughout the year. Running records can do more than that. Running records can also help you plan effective guided reading lessons. First, keep in mind that the number of errors is not as important as determining why the student made those errors and what strategic actions need to be taught next to help the child become a better reader. Use the assessment summary charts on this website and in my new book, The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading. These charts can help you determine which information systems the student uses, whether the student monitors for meaning and visual information, and what word-solving actions the student takes at points of difficulty. You can also use running records to assess fluency and comprehension. Armed with this data, differentiate your prompting during guided reading to target specific needs.