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JCRACK
JCRACK
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18 days ago
JCRACK
JCRACK
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We administer the BAS 3 times per year - in the fall, the winter, and the spring. We are holding a literacy-intensive summer acceleration program and would like to use the BAS at the end of the summer too to assess students' progress. Our principal is concerned that an additional administration will affect the validity of the scores. Will our students' levels be considered valid if we give the BAS in early August? They were administered in June and will be administered again in November.
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Debbie Magoulick, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Debbie Magoulick, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
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18 days ago
JCRACK wrote:
We administer the BAS 3 times per year - in the fall, the winter, and the spring. We are holding a literacy-intensive summer acceleration program and would like to use the BAS at the end of the summer too to assess students' progress. Our principal is concerned that an additional administration will affect the validity of the scores. Will our students' levels be considered valid if we give the BAS in early August? They were administered in June and will be administered again in November.

Wow, this is a very good question. I can certainly understand the need to validate the summer work by assessing students to see growth. However if the BAS is used too close together, say within a 2-3 month window, the validity is questionable. It also makes it difficult for students not making progress because then you have used both BAS texts within this short time period causing another problem.

When looking at the quarterly expectations found in Figure 2.5 on page 19 of the Assessment Guide (BAS1 3e) Beginning of year is Aug-Sept, with intervals of about 6-8 weeks between each. For the students in a summer program this August assessment will be an additional or 4th interval assessment for them that should not impact the other 3 interval periods of June and November.


In my experiences we often looked at the ongoing continuous assessment during the summer session to gauge the growth across the short time of intensive work. If done using the same standards for coding, scoring, and analyzing, records of oral reading (Running Records) are valid instruments for comparison over time. Looking at the behaviors to see where shifts in thinking have occurred, to look closely at leveled text characteristics for placement (using the Literacy Continuum) then seems to be valid in assigning a "level" for instruction, which is what the BAS does. If there are tremendous growth spurts that need to be confirmed with a BAS assessment then it would seem ok to do so. If the growth is one level then you may not need to use the BAS.


It seems your literacy team is thinking deeply about the decisions you are making for the students you serve. Consider the rationales for assessing students and whether it is necessary to add the interval for this group only or not. I think it will be ok either way as long as students are making progress. If students do not make a "level" gain but improve behaviors and thinking within a level during this summer intervention document the shifts in behaviors. The Guide for Observing and Noting Reading Behaviors may provide guidance in looking closely at the readers. Document the shifts on an Assessment Summary form.

Best wishes!
Debbie
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