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Enhancing Literacy

As part of Fort Vermilion School Divisions ongoing efforts to enhance the literacy of students in all grade levels, the Division is administering a Reading Assessment during the 2018-19 school year. The assessment includes three screening tools. The tools focus on literacy and offer an opportunity for students to demonstrate their learning. The goal: to provide timely information to teachers, help enhance classroom instruction and ensure student learning needs are identified.

In September, January and May, FVSD students in grades 2 through 9 will complete the TOWRF- 2, TOSWRF-2 and TOSREC.assessment, which evaluate reading comprehension, reading fluency and word reading efficiency. Grade 1 students will not be assessed until January and then will have a second screening at the end of May. The results of each assessment will provide the teacher with a clearer picture about a student’s learning needs and help determine if subsequent instructional planning is required.

The scores of the assessments are not used towards a student’s grade, and there is no need to study ahead of time. They simply provide the teacher with information to better understand where each student is in terms of reading comprehension, silent word reading fluency and word reading efficiency. If, after analyzing the results, it’s determined a student can benefit from extra support, the teacher will contact the family to discuss possible support strategies.

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