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...See More