This afternoon, CDE Regional Team Managers Michael Clough and Jackie Webb, spoke about Adolescent Literacy with about 50 charter school teachers. The schools are faced with a wide disparity in reading levels amongst their secondary students, which also affects the different content area classes. Diagnosis and instruction were the main area of focus today. Different diagnostic tools were discussed in detail and resources provided such as a list of the assessments and which areas they assess. Good assessments measure the five key reading components: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.
Most parents would think that a student who measures "proficient" on the CSAP would be reading at grade level. Not so! The CSAP proficiency level begins at about 27%tile, which is below grade level for many of the subjects measured by CSAP. For comparison, the NAEP proficiency level begins at about 51%tile.