Description of Assessment Tools
In order to diagnose a studentís needs, s/he is assessed using two different tools, the Reading Placement Appraisalô (RPA) and VISAGRAPHô.
A student independently completes the RPA on a computer, usually done at Deanís Learning Center. The RPA, consisting of 5 sections, takes approximately twenty minutes to complete.
Section: 1. Read several short paragraphs that end with a few multiple- choice questions.
2. Read 1-2 longer stories that end with comprehension questions.
3. Identify the meaning of various vocabulary words on different levels.
The last two sections are only administered to beginning readers.
4. Perceptual Memory Appraisal (PMA) is administered to determine a studentís word recognition.
5. Tests a studentís decoding ability in the Decoding Appraisal section.
The RPA results indicate independent reading level, usual reading rate(s), comprehension competence, vocabulary study level, perceptual memory readiness and decoding competence.
After a short break, students are assessed using the VISAGRAPHô, a pair of goggles that use infrared sensors to track eye-movement.