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Literacy

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Elementary Literacy Assessment Overview

The NLPS Primary Assessment of Reading Screener (PARS)  is a K-3 reading assessment.  The assessments are mostly based on end of year learning targets derived from the current BC Curriculum. As the grade increases, the assessment becomes a combination of a formative assessment and a screener.  In 2014, all primary teachers in NLPS gathered to identify the critical skills that are important to teaching reading.  Many subtests were considered, but in the end, teachers chose their favorite components from the field and then created a locally-developed tool.

The assessment is intended to be offered to students in the the beginning of the school year to help teachers screen, identify and monitor a learners’ needs for the purposes of guiding  instructional decisions around critical reading components.

In order to sustain early and ongoing interventions, schools are recommended to use the PARS:

  • as collaborative teams to identify individual student’s strengths and areas of targeted instruction.   The assessment data can be shared with all  teachers in order to make collaborative decisions      about how to meet needs of  individual learners. 
  • to ensure quality classroom reading instruction and tier one interventions are specific and intentional based on student need. The PARS assessments are used to design instructional strategies in all classrooms to meet individual student needs.

Critical Reading Components

Phonological & Phonemic Awareness

Phonological awareness is the ability to notice the sound structure of spoken words (Kilpatrick, 2015). Phonemic awareness is the ability to identify, isolate and manipulate sounds. It is a part of phonological awareness.

Phonics​

A system for approaching reading that focuses on the relationship between letters and sounds (Kilpatrick, 2015).

Fluency

Reading Words at an adequate rate, with a high level of accuracy, appropriate expression, and understanding (Birsh & Carreker 2018).

Vocabulary

Vocabulary is the knowledge of words and word meanings (NIL, 2007; Honig, Diamond & Gutlohn, 2008).

Comprehension

Comprehension is making sense of what we read. Comprehension depends on good word recognition, fluency, vocabulary, wordly knowledge, and language ability (Birsh & Carreker 2018).

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KInderGarten PARS

The documents below are required to complete the Kindergarten Primary Assessment of Reading Screener and are directly reflected by the assessment in the E-Assess database.  

Links: Other Key Documents

Grade 1 PARS

The documents below are required to complete the Grade 1 Primary Assessment of Reading Screener and are directly reflected by the assessment in the E-Assess database.  

Links: Other Key Documents

Grade 2 PARS

The documents below are required to complete the Grade 2 Primary Assessment of Reading Screener and are directly reflected by the assessment in the E-Assess database.  

Links: Other Key Documents

Grade 3 PARS

The documents below are required to complete the Grade 3 Primary Assessment of Reading Screener and are directly reflected by the assessment in the E-Assess database.  

Links: Other Key Documents

Grade 8 Reading Assessment

The documents below are required to complete the Grade 8 Reading Assessment.