This indispensable resource offers a cutting-edge framework and practical tools for screening and assessing K-2 students at risk for reading problems. Provided are critical reviews of 42 specific measures, selected for optimal technical quality and presented in a clear, standardized format. Encapsulated are the scientific basis for each instrument; the components of reading acquisition measured; administration, scoring, and interpretation procedures; the instrument's psychometric soundness and usability; linkages to intervention; source; and cost. Detailed case examples drawn from the author's practice help the reader better understand the type of information generated by each measure and demonstrate how results can be written up in a variety of effective report formats.
"Reviewing the breadth and depth of assessments for early literacy, this book is an important contribution. It is clear, readable, and thorough, and will be an extremely valuable resource for teachers, reading specialists, school psychologists, and others involved in assessing children's early reading and writing. The emphasis on scientifically based research will make the volume particularly useful for school professionals meeting the challenges of No Child Left Behind. As a researcher, I gained much useful information as well as tools to apply in my work. As a professor, I will make this book available to my students and would recommend it as a text for graduate-level courses in reading assessment."--Diane E. Beals, EdD, School of Education, University of Tulsa
"Rathvon's text is indeed a practitioner's handbook. The book succinctly describes the context of early literacy assessment, articulating the critical issues of early reading screening and diagnosis that practitioners confront. It offers 'roll up your sleeves' evaluation guidelines that are practical and firmly anchored in the research knowledge base. And it provides an at-hand compendium of early reading measures complete with thorough reviews and case examples. This handbook is a real contribution to the literacy field; a ready reference that will be well-thumbed by professional educators in state education departments, universities, and schools."--Kathleen Roskos, PhD, Department of Education and Allied Studies, John Carroll University
"This book provides a thorough, objective treatment of selected instruments for early reading assessment. Dr. Rathvon's component-based approach is disciplined, scientific, and psychometrically sound. Teachers, reading specialists, and researchers will find this book useful in selecting from available instruments and conducting effective assessments. A timely and valuable professional resource!"--Mark Sadoski, PhD, Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture, Texas A&M University