Assessment & Evaluation of Reading and Language Development

RDGED 706 Assessment & Evaluation of Reading and Language Development
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Online Course
Instructors: Dr. Emily Hines and Abbie Oleson 
3 semester hours graduate credit 

Fall: September 16 - December 6, 2019
Tuition: $452 per semester hour graduate credit ($1,356 per course)
Fall Tuition Due - October 9, 2019

NOTE: This course must be completed as a prerequisite for RDGED 707 Practicum in Reading Difficulties because the assessments and evaluation reports required for RDGED 707 are introduced and practiced in this prerequisite course.

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your employer to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development or call 715-642-0209.

What You Will Learn

During this course, you will individually assess two students -- one at the emergent literacy level (entering or having completed kindergarten) and a struggling reader (having completed second grade, up to the freshman year in high school).

Students may include children from your classroom, neighborhood, home-schooled, church group, summer school or after school programs. No family members, children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews may be assessed for the field experience.

Course Description

A study of the interrelationship of qualitative assessment and evaluation to literacy development including current research in reading and language arts practices. Selection, administration, and interpretation of formative and summative literacy assessments for the purpose of evaluating reading and language processes. **Background check or current license required.

Who Should Enroll

Our students include:

  • Elementary, middle school and high school teachers
  • Teachers seeking reading teacher certification
  • Title I reading teachers
  • Reading interventionists
  • Special education teachers
  • Literacy coaches
  • Reading specialists
  • Curriculum directors

You may enroll in this course to meet your goals for

  • professional development
  • continuing education refresher course
  • license renewal
  • graduate credits
  • transfer to another university or reading certification program

This course is a prerequisite for RDGED 707 Practicum in Reading Difficulties.

This is one of the required courses for individuals pursuing reading teacher certification, WI 316.

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program. 

How do I register?

Complete the Online Registration Form.

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your employer to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development or call 715-642-0209.

When is the registration deadline?

Reserve your spot now. This program is very popular, and courses fill well before the start date. This course is offered three times each year (spring, summer, and fall).

Withdrawal and Refund Policy

Required Textbooks

Readings will be assigned from all of the following textbooks. (Some of the same textbooks will also be used in RDGED 705 Instructional Techniques For Assisting Students with Reading Difficulties course.)

Four Textbooks 
Purchase from online bookstores or online from the publishers. Note: Specific editions are indicated by the ISBN number.

    1. Purchase this paperback:
      Blevins, W. (2017). Phonics from A-Z. (3rd ed.) New York, NY: Scholastic. ISBN: 978-1338113495 Available from 
      This book is also used in RDGED 701 Developmental Reading, RDGED 705 Instructional Techniques for Assisting Students with Reading Difficulties, RDGED 707 Practicum in Reading Difficulties.
    2. Leslie, L. & Caldwell, J. S. (2017). Qualitative reading inventory - 6th edition. New York, NY: Pearson Allyn & Bacon. ISBN 978-0134539409
      Also available as an e-text. ISBN-13 978-0-13-702857-3
      Note: This is the bound book only and does not include access to the Enhanced Pearson eText. To order the Enhanced Pearson eText packaged with a bound book, order ISBN 0134539400. The Enhanced Pearson eText features and QRI electronic resources include embedded video and audio clips, forms, and figures. (This book is also used in RDGED 707 Practicum in Reading Difficulties.)
    3. Caldwell, J.S., & Leslie, L. (2013). Intervention strategies to follow informal reading inventory assessment: So what do I do now? (3rd ed.) New York, NY: Pearson Allyn & Bacon. ISBN 13: 9780123907088 Available from Pearson or new and used from
      (This book is also used in RDGED 705 Instructional Techniques for Assisting Students with Reading Difficulties and RDGED 707 Practicum in Reading Difficulties.)
    4. Shea, M. (2016). Where's the glitch? How to use running records with older readers, grades 5-8. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. ISBN: 978-0-325-09258-4  The accompanying CD is provided when purchasing the new copy of the book. The content of the CD will not be assigned but is useful when practicing the administration and scoring of running records.

Free Download

National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) booklet: Put reading first:The research building blocks for teaching children to read
Download and print 56-page-booklet color PDF (1.25 MB)

One e-textbook will be provided after you login to the course. You will access the e-textbook to read online from your tablet, laptop or desktop, an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader.

McCormick, S. & Zutell, J. (2015). Instructing students who have literacy problems. (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc., publishing as Allyn & Bacon. ISBN 13:9780133830934

If you prefer to read a hard copy of the textbook, instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book from or an online bookstore such as
Be sure to allow for delivery time, and note the ISBN number and 7th edition.

Additional readings will be available online within the text of each module.

Our Students Say. . .

"This course, along with all the courses in the Reading #1316 program, has been a breath of fresh air for me... I have been offered a job as a K-3 instructional coach for the Reedsburg School District next year. . . I am confident the work of this program will serve me well as I work with and for my colleagues."
~ Jennifer Hynek

"I learned so much and really feel that what I've learned will assist me in helping students with specific needs for reading and language improvement. I have more ways to support teachers, not only through assessment but next steps for targeting areas for student assistance and practice."

"The practice sessions we completed before actually administering the assessments to our emerging and struggling readers were helpful, and I was able to do the test administration much more smoothly."
Wendy Smith, Academic Literacy Coach, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

No travel to campus required - 100% Online
  • Participate 24/7 from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.
  • The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component.
  • All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox.
  • Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week.
  • There are no required "live" chat sessions.
  • This is not a self-paced class.