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Middletown Public Schools
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Middletown, RI 02842
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MPS DRA2+ Guidelines

MPS Reading Benchmarks

Middletown Public Schools has adopted the Developmental Reading Assessment, Second Edition (DRA2) as an official, mandatory literacy assessment in grades K–5 (grade 5 required in 2017-18). The DRA2 is a teacher–administered, reading assessment. The teacher uses a series of passages of increasing difficulty to observe and record a student’s oral reading behaviors and comprehension. The DRA2 provides the teacher with information that helps determine each student’s independent reading level and identify areas of strengths and weakness. 

Middletown Public Schools believes that the administration of DRA2 will help us to:

●     Measure, monitor, improve reading instruction

●     Utilize a research-based formative assessment

●     Determine independent reading level

●     Focus reading instruction based on data

●     Observe an individual student’s reading habits

 The main purpose of the DRA2 is to enable teachers to systematically observe, record and evaluate student reading performance, and to plan for and teach what each student needs to learn next. The DRA2 provides teachers an opportunity to observe their students’ reading behaviors (i.e. kidwatching) and comprehension skills. When used properly, DRA2 data confirms the results of ongoing formative assessment processes and provides valuable information for instructional planning. The data and information enable the teacher to:

●     Determine the level at which a student is able to read independently.[2] 

●     Determine each student’s instructional needs and plan for intervention as needed.

●     Group students effectively to provide appropriate reading instruction and opportunities to practice reading skills and strategies.

●     Document changes over time in reading performance by monitoring students’ ability to use a variety of skills and strategies.

●     Identify students who may be off the pathway to college/career readiness or in need of problem solving for Tier 2 intervention.

DRA2 is administered to ALL students in grades K-4 (beginning in 2017-2018 DRA2 will be administered to ALL students in grades K-5.


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