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A Diagnostic Approach to Planning Reading Lessons: Using Assessments to Drive Instructional Choices – Summer Institute 2020

The National Reading Panel defines the five essential areas of reading as phonemic awareness, phonics (decoding), oral reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Within each area, there are many subskills and patterns that may determine a specific direction for instruction. This course will examine each component of reading through the lense of assessment to help determine appropriate interventions. For each area of reading, there will be review of formal assessments (e.g., CTOPP-2, WIAT-III, KTEA-3, GORT-5) and informal assessment tools (e.g., aimswebPlus, teacher-generated assessments). After reviewing testing, case studies will be used to guide a discussion around developing long-term and daily lesson plans to address student needs. 


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the five main components of reading as determined by the National Reading Panel.
  • Understand the information provided by raw scores, percentiles, standard scores, and grade equivalents.
  • Determine the differences between various tests used for phonological awareness, decoding, fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.
  • Recommend a battery of annual tests that would help determine areas of growth or continued need for students.
  • Explain how to use scores provided in formal assessments to determine focus areas for reading instruction.
  • Develop a long term plan with focus areas based on example students’ formal test scores.
  • Discuss additional  informal assessment measures that will provide diagnostic information to more specifically develop lesson plans.
  • Develop a lesson plan based on error patterns and diagnostic information in formal and informal assessments for example students.



Appropriate for teachers of all grade levels.



Graduate credit is included in course tuition and is granted by Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Course Information

45 Hours/PDPs
3 Graduate Credits (fee included in course tuition)
Dates/Time Price
July 20-24, 2020
8:30am - 4:00pm
$800 $750

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About the Instructor

Meghan Sebens

Meghan is the reading supervisor, testing coordinator, and an academic advisor at Landmark’s Elementary•Middle School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Macalester College and a master’s degree in special education from Simmons College. Meghan has taught a variety of subjects at the middle and high school levels during her time at Landmark.

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