Thursday, July 3, 2014

Matt Renwick and Reading Assessments

Matt Renwick posted on the Nerdy Book Club this morning and it's a post you should read and think about because HE is questioning what I do for a living, yet I totally agree!

Matt proposes READING REALLY SHOULDN'T be quantified!  He says, "reading is not a skill that finds its foundation in numeracy," and I can imagine Marie Clay nodding in agreement.  Her running records were created to describe not quantify readers! Yet he acknowledges that assessment of learning, including its quantification, is not, and should not be going away!  So, what we need to do is to consider how we can collect powerful PERFORMANCE data to describe our readers beyond the numbers.  Matt suggests surveys, discussions, images, videos and audios will complete the picture.   I agree.  Those numbers or letters we get are just guidelines that do not tell us how to make readers stronger and motivated.  That data does exist, however, in lives the connections we make to our readers not in their numbers.   

1 comment:

Matt Renwick said...

HI Anita. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on your blog. Specialists in reading such as yourself have given me such a strong understanding in what it means to assess readers. I look forward to reading future posts from you.