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There are many ways guidance counselors can help teachers achieve more optimal reading instruction. Counselors first may have to ascertain the kinds of problems faced by a student in learning to read. Assessing a student's ability to use picture clues to decipher words may be necessary with primary grade students. Knowledge about phonics, using context clues and syllabication may all be helpful with older students. Since there are very strong advocates for phonics instruction, it is important for guidance counselors to understand arguments for and against its use. There are numerous ways students demonstrate learning gains and guidance counselors need to advocate for changes in how students are assessed. Just using one test is inadequate to determine a student's ability or learning difficulties. The portfolio approach stresses use of evidence from daily classroom work as part of the assessment. The portfolio helps show the counselor and the teacher how the learner reveals reading achievement. These suggestions offer guidance counselors ways to assist teachers in developing a quality program of developmental reading. (Contains 11 references.) (JDM)

Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Performance Based Assessment, Portfolio Assessment, Reading, Reading Difficulties, School Counselors, Student Evaluation

Author: Ediger, Marlow


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