Running Record Analysis Essay

2157 Words May 13th, 2013 9 Pages
Every day teachers are required to make decisions before, during and after teaching. Some of these decisions will seem small and insignificant and others will have far reaching consequences. All of the assessment undertaken and subsequent decisions made can potentially enhance teaching and influence student learning outcomes for the better (Brady & Kennedy, 2009). There are numerous things to be assessed and various methods for assessing. One example of this is the assessment of reading. A Running Record is one method of assessing a child’s reading (Hill, 2012). The running record allows the teacher to note a child’s reading behaviour as he or she reads from a chosen text. It examines both the accuracy of reading and the types of …show more content…
James would benefit greatly from learning how to use more strategies for comprehension for without it he is not really reading (Harvey & Goudvis, 2007). Therefore in order to assist James to really connect with text and improve his comprehension a future learning focus will be cross-checking behaviours.
James’ developmental age and current stage of emergent/beginner reader is important to consider because as such we know that reading strategies are only just beginning to develop and research provides us with a snapshot of the general capabilities of a child James’ age (Annandale et al., 2008). Effective assessment strategies, such as this running record should be used in conjunction with other assessment strategies in order to get a fair and valid picture of where James is at. Curriculum documents such as the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) (Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace Relations [DEEWR], 2009) and the Australian Curriculum (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority[ACARA], 2011) provide valuable information and help guide planning, teaching and assessment to support James (and all students) achieving specific learning outcomes in the early years.

The Australian curriculum states that children in foundation year “Use comprehension strategies to understand and discuss texts listened to, viewed or read independently” (ACELY1650) (ACARA, 2011). It also states

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