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6 Quality Criteria Assessment Review

Assessment Name

McGraw-Hill Reading Wonders Weekly Assessment Unit 1,

Week 3 (The Burrowing Owl) Comprehension

Subject Area



Grade 5

Total Possible Points

Quality Criterion #1: Validity (Assessment Target)

1. What learning goal(s) is the assessment is

designed to measure? The learning goal(s) should be

This assessment will show a students ability

to comprehend what they read and
understand the passage by demonstrating
the answering of questions correctly in areas
of organizational structure used within a
paragraph, using context clues, and the
meaning of vocabulary used within the

2. What are the key verbs from the learning goal(s)

listed above? The key verbs should help to define how

Comprehend, Understand, Use(d)(ing),


3. Based on the above information, is this

assessment valid? Explain. Ask yourself: Do the

Yes. Students are given a reading passage

with 10 questions covering context clues,
vocabulary, and organizational structure.
They have access to the passage while
answering questions. They are able to go
back to find an answer they are not sure

specific and precise to this assessment. Be sure to unpack the

standard to the appropriate level of detail based on the
assessment tool.

students should be demonstrating their knowledge on this


questions all center around the learning goals? Do the

questions ask students to perform the key verbs?

Quality Criterion #4: Appropriate Level

1. Is the readability of the assessment appropriate
for this grade level?

This is a Grade 5 level text. For students on

grade level reading ability, this assessment fits
their ability.

2. When looking at each item/section of the

assessment, are there clear directions for the

Most directions are given orally before a student

begins reading the passage on a script for the
teacher to read. Some questions do have clear
instructions: for example, 1. Reread paragraph
1. (Then the question about that paragraph is

3. Is the length and formatting of the assessment

appropriate for this grade level?

This is given in a 45-60 min block of time for the

student to finish. For most students on grade
level, this is adequate time.

4. If you answered no to any of the above questions,

please describe what changes you recommend be
made to this assessment.

I think it would be beneficial to have simple

written instructions given to the student while the
teacher is orally giving instructions.

QC #1: Validity (Adequate Sampling) and QC #4: Appropriate Level

Complete the Table of Specifications (TOS) below.
A. Complete the key learning outcomes in the first column. Look back at the learning targets and key verbs to
help you. (You may not use all 5 rows, or you may need additional rows. This will depend on the
assessment you are reviewing.)
B. Review each question on the assessment using the DOK chart. Think about what type of thinking a student
will need to do to answer the question. Place the item number in the corresponding DOK column and
learning outcome row.
C. Add up the total number of items for each listed outcome (row.)
D. Add up the total number of items for each DOK level (column.)

Key Learning

Level 1
Recall and

Webbs Depth of Knowledge Levels

Level 2
Skills and

Context Clues

Total # of Items/
Points Possible

2, 8, 10

Level 3

Total # of

4, 9

1, 7


3, 6

Level 4


1. Based on the TOS is the sampling adequate for

each of the learning outcomes? Are there enough
questions asked to truly know if the student has a full
understanding? Explain how you decided. Make
suggestions if changes are needed to the

The overall basis of this test is comprehension

of the passage with these underlying learning
objectives. I think Context Clues should be the
outcome used most in the test to track their
understanding of the passage. The students are
also expected to use a higher level of thinking
that just recalling answers. In this area, I do not
think changes are needed to be made.

2. Based on the TOS is the sampling adequate for

each DOK level? Do the questions asked match the
key verbs from the learning outcomes? Explain how
you decided. Make suggestions if changes are
needed to the assessment.

I like that DOK 2 is the level used most. You

dont want students to just be able to regurgitate
what is in the passage, you want them to think
about their answers and use critical thinking
skills. There are also quite a few DOK 3 level
questions, which will hopefully push the student
to be able to analyze which answer best fits the

3. Is the assessment measuring what students at this

grade level should know and be able to do? Explain
how you decided. Make suggestions if changes are
needed to the assessment.

These students learn many test taking strategies

that help them with comprehension and using
context clues to get them to their answers. This
test allows them to revisit the passage to help
them to answer the questions. I think this test if
very scalable in that some students may not
have to revisit the passage and some students
will need to look over the passage again.

Quality Criterion #2: Opportunity to Learn

1. Where in the curriculum will the students be given
the opportunity to learn the content for this
assessment? This should include specific references to the

These outcomes are covered during whole

group reading and guided reading groups
and activities.

2. Describe a specific example of a lesson

students participated in to gain understanding of the
assessed learning goals.

During guided reading groups, there are

comprehension activities we do as a group
that is comparing two texts, we talk about
looking at context clues to find out what a
word means or what the author is trying to
tell us, and how passages are written.

3. How will you work with students who have missed

part of the instruction? Give at least 2 ideas.

During intervention time, we sometimes meet

to revisit items they have learned but havent
quite mastered. They also have seat work
during guided reading groups. They may be
able to do some of the activities with some


Quality Criterion #3: Free from Bias

1. Which specific items have potential bias? Describe the potential bias for each. How should the items be
changed to eliminate the bias. If bias does not exist, below this chart explain how you determined this.

Item Number

Potential Bias

Suggested Changes

Slang for a piece of paper money.

Students may not know that bill is
slang for money. The second
meaning is not covered in the story.

The student is to determine the

homograph for a birds beak and
money. The answer is bill. Possibly
pick a different homograph that goes
with the story.

Criterion #5: Reliability

1. Describe the procedures used to administer the
Questions to Consider: Will you read the directions
aloud?; Can students use their notes, book, other
resources?; Will you review for the test before it is given?
If so, how?; Is there a time limit?

The directions on how to take the

assessment will be given orally by the
teacher before students are allowed to begin
reading their passage. Students are not
allowed to use any tools and there is no
review given before the weekly reading

2. Describe the scoring procedures. Be detailed
enough to make sure all teachers will give each
student the same grade.
Questions to Consider: Is each question worth one
point?; If there are multiple point questions, how do you
determine the number of points a student will earn?; Are
the labels worth a point on math questions?; Does
spelling count? (Be Careful! Is spelling a learning

Each question given is worth one point and

are all multiple-choice. Each test is 10 points
/ 10 questions. If a student scores 8-10
points they are considered in the mastery
level. If a student receives 0-7 points on this
assessment, they are retaught skill during
intervention time.

Include the answer key/scoring guide/rubric with the assessment copy.

Criterion #6: Mastery Levels
1. Write a performance level definition for each of the possible performance levels. The performance levels in
the chart below should be changed to reflect your specific classroom.
2. Mark each item on the assessment with one of the performance levels. Count the number of items at each
performance level. Determine the point ranges for each performance level based on this information and
include the point range on the chart below.




Performance Level Definition


A Mastery student will be able to read the passage and use

context clues to show they are able to find answers for
questions about vocabulary, organizational structure, and


70% 100%


A Non-Mastery student will be able the passage and

use context clues to show they are able to find answers for
some questions correctly about vocabulary, organizational
structure, and comprehension.


0% - 60%

3. What is the grading scale you are required to use

in your current classroom?

A student must score 80-100% to master this

test. If a student scores 70% or lower to be
considered in the non-mastery category. If they
score a 70% or below, they will be able to go
over the test again during intervention.

4. Do these point ranges agree with the grading

scale you are required to use? If no, what changes
do you suggest making to the assessment?

They are pretty close. There is a one-point

discrepancy. I would try to make a DOK level 2
question a level 3, to up the mastery level
needed. Making one of the context clue
questions a higher DOK level, would show if
they were able to comprehend the passage and
use the tools they have to answer the questions

on the test.
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