2022 PaTTAN Literacy Symposium

64. Instructionally-Relevant Diagnostic Assessment of Comprehension

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Session Dates

Thursday June 16, 2022 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM - Webinar

Educators often describe comprehension as the goal of all reading instruction and assessment. Making meaning from text requires multiple skills and processes that can be difficult to define, disentangle, and measure. Students may struggle with reading comprehension for a variety of reasons, including difficulty with word recognition, lack of background knowledge, trouble drawing inferences, low levels of word knowledge, slow reading rate, and others. Although universal screening can identify the students who are not comprehending, more in-depth, diagnostic assessments are needed to guide next steps for instruction.

This session will provide a framework for conducting an instructionally-relevant diagnostic assessment of reading comprehension. Diagnostic assessment will be defined and differentiated from screening and progress monitoring assessment. A case study will be used to illustrate how the Simple View of Reading can guide the selection of assessment questions and assessment tools that can inform classroom instruction and intervention. (k-12)

Target Audience

Elementary Educators, Secondary Educators, Special Education Teachers, Speech Language Practitioners, School Leaders/Administrators, Reading Specialists, Teachers of English Language Learners, Literacy Coaches, Instructional Support Team Members, School Psychologists, Pre-Service Teachers, Higher Education Instructors, Paraprofessionals, and Families

Topics Covered: Literacy

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Kelly Kapp, at 717-901-2271, or kkapp@pattan.net.

Event Info

Event Type:



Stephanie Stollar

Event Contact:


Kelly Kapp

Content Contact:

Pam Kastner

Additional Info

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