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    Re: DRA and assessment validity question
    Nicole, MO


    I found the following links that provide some DRA reseach or
    technical data. I'm really not much of a fan of the DRA and
    I'm glad that the new school I will work at does not require
    it. The DRA2 test scores are probably the most unreliable.
    I included a site below the shows the DRA2 comprehension
    rubric. Individual teachers score differently and a students
    DRA2 score usually (in our school) does not come close to
    matching a similar reading assessment score. The sites are
    below:

    http://www.natalierathvon.com/images/DRA_Review-08-25-2006.pdf
    Emphasizes several aspects of administration for the DRA2, K
    3 and 48 that are problematic and compromise both
    reliability and validity.

    http://www.solon.k12.ia.us/district/instruction/assessment/doc
    uments/scsd_dra_technical_adequacy.pdf
    http://www.education.uiowa.edu/cea/itap/information/pdf/DRA_Te
    ch_Adequacy_Updated.pdf
    Technical Adequacy Evidence of the DRA

    http://www.pps.k12.or.us/curriculum/PDFs/dra_comp.pdf#search='
    dra%20literal%20interpretation%20response'
    DRA comprehension rubric

    http://www.hamline.edu/education/pdf/ESLcapstone_kmiller.pdf
    The Adequacy of Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) Scores
    to Measure Reading Ability of English as a Second Language

    http://interact.uoregon.edu/pdf/edld/dissertation/proposal_exa
    mple3.pdf
    refer to page 29-39 for DRA validity info.

    Nicole/MO

    On 5/15/10, Pondering wrote:
    > At our inner city elementary our Literacy Teacher does the
    > DRA for all the students three times a year. I am not a big
    > fan of the DRA as a valid reading assessment. I was
    > wondering if anyone has an current research that would
    > support my thinking.
    >
    > Just so you know my reasoning is partly because some of my
    > students with a low comprehension score are the ones that
    > score well on the weekly state formatted reading tests. In
    > addition, they are my better students. The ones that did
    > well with her, were the ones that have not scored well on
    > the weekly reading tests and whose classroom work isn't as
    > good as the others.
    >
    > There were a few students whose DRA and weekly scores
    > indicated that they were improving but still not where they
    > needed to be.
    >
    > I think some of my students get nervous and blank out when
    > asked to verbally retell. When they have the test and time
    > to read it they do better. Then those that were able to
    > spit back the story don't seem to do well on the written.
    > Interestingly enough those students are my most active
    > students. Hmmmm.
    >
    > Pondering in Grade 2