Advanced Reading Specialist (ARS)

CORE developed this series of literacy guidebooks to give educators practical help on the "art" and the "science" of reading education. The Sourcebook Package includes the Teaching Reading Sourcebook, 2nd Edition and Assessing Reading: Multiple Measures, 2nd Edition.

The Teaching Reading Sourcebook, 2nd Edition is a comprehensive reference about reading instruction. Organized according to the elements of explicit instruction (what? why? when? and how?), the Sourcebook includes both a research-informed knowledge base and practical sample lesson models. It teaches the key elements of an effective reading program—phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary development, fluency, and comprehension—in a practical hands-on teacher’s guide. All five components correlate to the Common Core State Standards.

Assessing Reading: Multiple Measures, 2nd Edition provides a collection of tests for the comprehensive assessment of skills related to reading. These assessments can help identify why a student is having reading difficulty, determine what the next step in instruction should be to remediate that difficulty, and monitor progress throughout the course of instruction.

The majority of the tests are individually administered. Easy-to-follow instructions are given for the administration and scoring of each test along with reproducible record forms. Interpretation is based on skill mastery and comparison of performance among students in the classroom. Spanish assessments are also included for the early grades, where students may be in bilingual programs.

District class information:

Advanced Reading Specialist (ARS) (1 credit class) – The goal of this class is for all teachers to understand the research-based principles of reading development, reading differences, and reading instruction, and to use assessment to diagnose why particular students are struggling and determine approaches to intervention that are grounded in evidence. Comprehension will be the area of focus. Teachers will receive the CORE Reading Sourcebook and will receive instruction on using the types of assessments from the CORE Assessing Reading Multiple Measures book. Instructional coaches or principal should have a copy for teacher access. 
Note: Section number changed and course can be taken for credit again.