SOAR Assessments for Grades 4 and 5

You read this in the memo but I just wanted to remind you of the copies that need to be made for grades 4 and 5 SOAR assessments this year.

  • answer sheet for each student per unit
  • fluency scoring sheet for fluency 1 and fluency 2 from the student test booklet for each student per unit

Click here to got the student answer sheets.

Great Article

“Assessment-Driven Instruction: A Systems Approach” pg A22-A25 in the 2nd Edition of CORE: Assessing Reading Multiple Measures. This article is great for discussing the importance and use of assessments in a RtI model.

Important Assessment Information

Student Answer Sheets for Periodic Assessments

NEW! During the 2009-2010 school year, students in Grades 4-6 will use answer sheets when taking periodic assessments. Student booklets will be reused for the 2010-2011 school year.

Click here to access the Student Answer Sheets

Memo regarding Use of Student Answer Sheets:
Mem-4807 – Ela Answer Sheet Memo 070209 _2

CST Preparation

Donna Hirota created CST Vocabulary lists to prepare our teachers and students for the CST. She updated the lists to included the additional 2008 questions.  The state added 16 more released test questions to grades 2 and 3, and 19 more questions to grades 4 and 5 this year. Please make sure your have the most updated versions from the website.

Thanks Donna for sharing.






RtI – Response to Intervention (RTI): What Teachers of Reading Need to Know by Eric M. Mesmer, Heidi Anne E. Mesmer – from IRA’s The Reading Teacher

Clear definitions, details of relevant legislation, and examples of RTI in action help explain this approach to identifying and supporting learners who may be struggling.



Screening Kindergarteners for Future Reading Success


The purpose of this study was to examine the interrelationships and predictiveness of kindergarten early literacy indicators from the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) within the context of a path analysis. The results support the validity of kindergarten DIBELS in predicting ever more complex reading skills in a developmental progression from the middle of kindergarten to second grade.

Early Literacy Predictors – DIBELS


OCR Order Forms for 2009-2010

Please note that these are excel workbooks with multiple tabs (worksheets) on the bottom. The worksheet you will be using is labeled REPLACEMENT. This is for consumable materials only. The other worksheets are for core materials (complete kits) or replacement of individual items (not just consumables). Please use the correct page. 

The Spanish order form will be emailed to schools that need it. (There was a security block and it will not allow me to add this form to the blog.) Sorry

Kathy will send out an email soon with further explanation and directions. 

OCR 2000 order forms

OCR 2002 order forms

To download these files. Do NOT click “view”. You will need to click on the blue file name.