Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Scholastic- SRI Reading Inventory Workshop

On Tuesday, representatives from Scholastic visited the district under the invitation of Jennifer Lopez (Reading First Coordinator and Dr. Anthony Petrosino) conducted a professional development workshop on the administration of the SRI Inventory. The SRI Inventory will be utilized with rising 4th through 7th graders as a diagnostic instrument focusing on students reading abilities. The SRI Inventory will allow the district to:

1) Monitor Progress—Fifteen new and enhanced reports, including the new Student Yearly Progress Indicator, will help our district evaluate student progress toward proficiency goals, measure reading growth, and meet NCLB requirements.
2) Assess Reading Levels—With SRI the district will be able to accurately determine student reading ability and incorporate reading levels into daily instruction.
3) Meet Student Needs—The district will be in position to target students for intervention and instructional purposes. SRI also provides personalized reading lists for every student.
4) Demonstrate Accountability—With full data export capabilities, SRI will enable the district to disaggregate student data to demonstrate accountability and monitor yearly progress for all students.

We anticipate that SRI will generate a wealth of criterion- and norm-referenced data for every student, including a percentile rank, stanine, normal curve equivalent (NCE), and a native Lexile measure- which will help facilitate specialized and differentiated instruction for our students.

The workshop participants included:
Scholastic - Maxine Dennis (Scholastic Rep)and Doretha Beckham (Trainer)
Calabro - Kelli Cudney Leon
Connors - Maria Morales; Catherine Mascis; Kevin Metcalf; Martin Shannon; Kelly Sogluizzo Wallace - Cara Killen
District, NCLB - Jennifer Lopez; Dr. Anthony Petrosino
IT Department - Matt Burakowski; Joseph Desantis