MSQI advocates for schools and teachers to use a range of tiered, strategically-administered assessments to get to know each of our students as individual readers. Through use of the Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) screener, secondary reading diagnostics, rubrics, and targeted teacher conferencing and observation, we are most likely to gain a comprehensive picture of each student’s unique reading process, literacy-related growth, and areas requiring further attention.

Elements  of  MSQI’s Tiered Assessment Strategy

  1. The Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) is administered to screen all The DRP is a summative criterion-based, reading comprehension assessment that is nationally normed. It allows us to place students in buckets by general reading level and to identify patterns in classes and across a school, which in turn helps us to make informed decisions about areas of need to target.
  2. Secondary reading diagnostics for students struggling the most with reading comprehension help us to gain a more in- depth understanding of their specific reading Secondary diagnostics must be administered for students who score below 45 on the DRP.
  3. Ongoing assessment of student reading and writing in every classroom, through teacher observations and the use of rubrics and checklists to monitor progress occur regularly throughout the school year.