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  • Reading Placement TestsEasy Assessments to Determine

    Students Levels in Phonics, Vocabulary,

    and Reading Comprehension

    3rd Grade

    NEW YORK TORONTO LONDON AUCKLAND SYDNEYMEXICO C ITY NEW DELHI HONG KONG BUENOS A IRES

    Reading Placement Tests: 3rd Grade CORE and Scholastic, Published by Scholastic Teaching Resources

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  • Table of Contents

    Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

    Description of the Placement Tests. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

    Directions for Administering the Tests . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

    Diagnostic Placement Test Student Pages. . . . . . . . . . . 6

    Scoring the Tests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

    Using the Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

    CORE Phonics Survey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

    CORE Phonics Survey Record Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

    CORE Phonics Survey Student Material . . . . . . . . . . 30

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  • OverviewThe Diagnostic Placement Tests and Phonics Survey for Grade 3 are designed as entry-levelassessments. The Diagnostic Placement Test is intended to be used at the beginning of the schoolyear and has three main purposes:

    to determine each childs level of proficiency in reading based on grade-level skills to identify specific instructional needs for individuals and for the group as a whole to provide a baseline from which to measure a childs growth in readingDuring the first weeks of school, it is important to determine childrens reading levels. The

    Diagnostic Placement Test, designed to be adminis-tered to groups of students, measures importantskills in Phonics/Phonological Awareness, grade-level Vocabulary, and Reading Comprehension. Formost students, results from this test will provide theinitial screening information youll need for instruc-tional planning. After completing the DiagnosticPlacement Test, you may want to collect moreinformation about some children by administeringthe CORE Phonics Survey* (pages 2432) to indi-viduals. This survey measures alphabet skills, read-ing and decoding skills, and spelling skills.

    Assessment information from prior years mayalso provide valuable information about eachchilds current level of proficiency and his or herinstructional needs for the coming year.

    Description of the Placement TestsDirections for administering and scoring the tests appear on the next few pages. The DiagnosticPlacement Test has three sections:

    Phonics/Phonological Awareness The first part of the test assesses skills phonics and phono-logical awareness, covering a range of skills from approximately the last half of second grade

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    Phonological awareness is an umbrellaterm that includes phonemic awareness,or awareness of words at the phonemelevel. It also includes an awareness ofword units larger than the phoneme.

    Phonological awareness includesthe following (Eldridge, 1995):

    words within sentences

    rhyming units within words

    beginning and ending sounds withinwords

    syllables within words

    phonemes, or sounds, within words(phonemic awareness)

    features of individual phonemessuch as how the mouth, tongue,vocal cords, and teeth are used toproduce the sound

    * 1999 by CORE.

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  • through the first half of third grade. (10 Questions) Vocabulary This part of the test assesses childrens familiarity with grade-level vocabularywords. All vocabulary words are tested in sentence context. (10 Questions)Comprehension The last part of the test assesses childrens comprehension of reading selec-tions, both fiction and nonfiction. Children respond to comprehension questions based onfundamental grade-level skills. (15 Questions)

    All questions on the Diagnostic Placement Test are in multiple-choice format. Each testitem has four answer choices. Below you will find directions for administering the tests. Then turn to pages 2023 for information on scoring the tests, and using the results.

    Directions for Administering TestsThe Diagnostic Placement Test is designed to be administered to a group of students, in eitherone or more sittings. You, the teacher, should read aloud the directions. Students will read thequestions and reading selections themselves and will respond to questions by filling in bubblesbeside the answers they choose or by circling their answer choice on the answer sheet (page14 of the Student Pages).

    These tests are not intended to be timed; allow as much time as children need to completeeach part of the test. However, for planning purposes, the chart below shows the estimated timerequired for administering the test.

    Estimated Time for Administering TestsPhonics Vocabulary Comprehension Total10 minutes 10 minutes 2030 minutes 4050 minutes

    Make sure each child has a stapled copy of the reproducible test and two pencils. (TheStudent Test book consists of 14 pages. They can be found on pages 619 in this book.) Beforestarting, have each child write his or her name on the front page of the test or on the answersheet, whichever he or she will be handing in for grading.

    When you are ready to begin the test, read the directions on the front page. Then have chil-dren answer the sample question. Make sure children know how to mark their answers. Onceeveryone understands how the test works, have children turn to page 2 to begin.

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  • Name ____________________________ Date _____________________

    Diagnostic Placement TStudent Pages

    This is a Reading test. Each question in this test has fouranswer choices. Read each question carefully. Then choosethe best answer. Fill in the bubble next to the answer youchoose or circle your answer choice on the Answer Sheet.

    Sample Question

    Read the sentence. Which word best fits in the blank?

    Harry picked a red _____ from the garden.

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  • Questions 110. Read each sentence. Choose the word that best fits

    in the blank.

    Last summer we took a _____ to Canada.

    The sky is blue, and the grass is _____.

    erry picked up the ball and _____ it to me.

    There are four _____ in the cup.

    Did you _____ your new shoes today?

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  • Sarah _____ go to the skating show tomorrow

    Dad will be _____ when we get home.

    e will ride our bikes _____ the park.

    Grandma _____ me how to tie my shoes.

    word that has three syllables is _____.

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  • Questions 1120. Choose the word that best fits in each sentence.

    After the storm, we saw a beautiful _____ in the sky

    ara wants to _____ ten girls to her party

    Carlos and his family live in the _____ on the second floor

    Grandpa always _____ when I tell him a joke.

    I hope that raincoat is _____.

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  • . Jameson lives in the _____ on Cook Island.

    The sun is so bright that it makes me _____.

    e were all _____ when our team lost the game.

    My dad likes to eat cornbread with _____ on it.

    mob of people ran through the yard and _____ all

    the flowers.

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  • Read each passage. Choose the best answer to each question.

    Just the Right SizeLani was eight years old and shorter than her older brother Ringo. Ringoalways teased her because she was little. He called her names like shortyand inch.

    One day in August, Lani and Ringo walked home from the playground. Itwas very hot. When they got to their house, they saw Mom sitting on thefront porch. She had a bag of groceries.

    ere locked out, kids! Mom explained. I locked my keys in thehouse when I went to the store. Now we have to wait until your fathercomes home.

    Ringo peered into the grocery bag. Mom, its so hot! he said. The but-ter will melt soon!

    Im afraid so, said Mom. Our neighbors arent home either. So wet put our groceries in their refrigerator

    e could climb through a window! Ringo said.No, Ive already tried that. Only the kitchen window is unlocked, and

    s stuck. It only opens a little bit.L