Stephanie Stollar, Ph.D., is the founder of Stephanie Stollar Consulting LLC and the creator of The Reading Science Academy. She is a part-time assistant professor in the online reading science program at Mount St. Joseph University and a founding member of a national alliance for supporting reading science in higher education. As a board member for the Innovations in Education Consortium, Stephanie collaboratively plans the annual MTSS Innovations in Education Conference. she has worked as a school psychologist, an educational consultant, and as Vice President for Professional Learning for Acadience Learning Inc. She has provided professional development, conducted research, and published in the areas of assessment, early intervention, and collaborative problem-solving. Stephanie is passionate about improving educator knowledge and aligning school systems to prevent reading failure.
Weighing the Hog Doesn’t Make It Fatter: Linking Assessment to Instruction
Stephanie A. Stollar, Ph.D.
(Assessment and Data, Special Ed, Dyslexia, Other Learning Challenges, Equity & Inclusion, ELL, General Science of Reading)
Are you collecting data you never use? Do you have questions about your students that you can’t answer? Has assessment become a compliance activity? Perhaps you have lost touch with WHY you are assessing reading skills. This session will help elementary teachers, coaches and administrators identify the essential questions about reading performance and select the most efficient ways to answer them. Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), the framework for implementing the science of reading, requires a coordinated system of assessment for four main purposes: screening, diagnostic, progress monitoring, and outcome evaluation. Assessments should be used for the purpose for which they were designed. Each assessment purpose is linked to specific instructional decisions in the MTSS model, such as supplementing core reading instruction, forming small groups, and intensifying intervention. Participants will gain knowledge of how the four purposes of assessment link to instruction within the MTSS model for the benefit of all students.
Target Audience: Elementary
Education Track(s): New to the Science of Reading, Advanced Science of Reading, Equity & Inclusion, Leadership