Submitted by Jackie Shimer, Reading Mentor Teacher

Mrs. Kristie Ritchie, Pleasant Hill kindergarten teacher
assess a student in reading using an electronic palm

New books for classroom libraries, learning workstations, a new vocabulary program, and diagnostic reading tests on electronic palms are just a few of the new dimensions that have extended the direction and added flavor to reading classes at Pleasant Hill School.

Reading assessments are given to all students in grades K-3 to measure their performance in the areas of phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, comprehension, and word usage.

All K-3 classroom teachers have an electronic palm to assess their students throughout the year. This allows them to receive immediate feedback regarding a student's progress in reading.

Following the assessments, grade level meetings are held to discuss students' needs and to plan effective interventions.