Higher Education

Literacy Assessment: Helping Teachers Plan Instruction, 4th Edition

  • J. David Cooper Ball State University, Retired
  • Nancy D. Kiger Late of University of Central Florida, Retired
  • ISBN-10: 0495813869  |  ISBN-13: 9780495813866
  • 528 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2005, 2001
  • © 2011 | Published
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This popular resource distinguishes itself by placing literacy assessment within the context of mainstream classroom reading instruction. Using developmental reading stages as a framework, LITERACY ASSESSMENT puts teachers' instructional needs at its core and considers assessment as a natural part of the instructional cycle. The authors' mission is to show that, with appropriate instruction, success in literacy development is achievable for every student. By presenting the right balance of concept and demonstration, along with a dynamic, positive outlook on learning in both children and teachers, this book equips teachers to help children reach their potential.

Features and Benefits

  • The text is fully integrated with the TeachSource Video Cases. Icons in most chapters direct students to relevant cases--four- to six-minute video modules that provide an inside look at real classrooms, teachers, and students from diverse settings. They provide a shared "field experience" for the entire class and provide excellent opportunities for class discussion, homework assignments, and group work.
  • Class-tested, highly successful pedagogy includes chapter-opening graphic organizers and case studies; "Standards Focus," which lists IRA/NCTA Standards for the English Language Arts and the IRA Professional Standards for Reading Professionals; end-of-chapter summaries; and an end-of-book Resource File, Glossary, Literature section, and References.

Table of Contents

1. A Framework for Effective Literacy Instruction.
2. Tools for Gathering Information in the Classroom.
3. Specific Literacy Assessment.
4. Matching Readers with Text: Measuring Materials and Readers.
5. Published Standardized Measures: An Overview for Classroom Teachers.
6. Instructional Routines for a Comprehensive Balanced Literacy Program: An Overview.
7. Collaborating with Families, Peers, and Other Professionals.
8. Early Emergent Literacy.
9. Emergent Literacy.
10. Beginning Reading and Writing.
11. Almost Fluent Reading and Writing.
12. Fluent Reading and Writing.

What's New

  • Chapter 1 has been rewritten to incorporate an introduction to and explanation of Response to Intervention (RTI) and how it connects to assessment-based literacy instruction.
  • Coverage of diversity has been expanded and is focused on RTI when appropriate.
  • A reorganization of chapters now presents two major sections--"Tools and Techniques for Assessment-Based Literacy Instruction" and "Literary Stages: Assessment and Instruction."
  • Updated references incorporate the most recent research throughout the book.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

J. David Cooper

J. David Cooper (Ed.D., Indiana University) is a retired professor from Ball State University. Prior to teaching at the college level, he taught at elementary and secondary schools in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Cooper has served as a consultant to the Department of Education in Washington, D.C., numerous state departments of education, and school systems throughout the country. Active in the International Reading Association, he has spoken in all 50 states and eight countries. Dr. Cooper has authored or coauthored more than 20 books on the teaching of reading. He has served as an editor of the Indiana Reading Quarterly and as a reviewer for such leading journals as The Reading Teacher, Journal of Reading, and National Reading Conference Yearbook. Currently, Dr. Cooper continues to write and resides in Key West, Florida.

Nancy D. Kiger

Nancy D. Kiger (Ed.D., Ball State University) worked for more than 40 years in education. In her last 15 years of teaching, at the University of Central Florida's College of Education, she taught courses in reading, language arts, and children's literature as well as supervised student teachers. She also taught at universities in Indiana and Missouri. She began teaching as an elementary classroom teacher and later taught reading at the elementary and middle-school levels in Indiana. She was a writer and editor of literacy materials for over 25 years. Nancy Kiger died in 2009.