Overview: The GRADE™ (Group Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation) is a diagnostic reading test that that determines what developmental skills PreK-12 students have mastered and where students need instruction or intervention.
Accredition: Requirement "B" level or higher, which is having a Master's Degree in Education or a related field
Age Range: PreK-12, Adult
Administration: Full Battery, Paper/Pencil
Completion Time: 50-90 minutes
Forms: 10 Levels with two parallel forms for each level
Norms: Norm-Referenced Fall and Spring, Grade-based
Scores/Interpretation: Stanines, Percentiles, Grade Equivalents, Age Equivalents, Standard Scores, Norm Curve Equivalents, and Growth Scale Values
Based on scientific research, GRADE provides the components you need to accurately and efficiently assess reading competencies, including recommended instruction through correlated follow-up materials.
GRADE recognizes that learning to read is not a singular, one-dimensional process. As students learn to read, they progress through a series of benchmarks, each representing different kinds of learning tasks. Though these tasks are generally sequential, they tend to overlap. To assess student progress in achieving these benchmarks, educators need to look at what is a developmentally appropriate activity for a student at each stage of the process. Each GRADE subtest allows educators to do just that and to determine where intervention is needed, recognizing students’ differences so instruction can be more effective.
Using the GRADE assessment to guide instruction will ensure student success while helping deliver Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) gains.
PreK-Grade 3: Measure critical early reading skills identified by the National Reading Panel and required by Reading First in GRADE Level P (PreK) through Level 3 (Grade 3).
Grades 4–Adults: Assessment of the essential elements of reading continues developmentally in Levels 4 through Adult with Vocabulary and Sentence and Passage Comprehension subtests, as well as fluency with the Reading Fluency Indicator. Listening Comprehension is also assessed continuously.
Plan focused instruction directly linked to assessment results with the GRADE Resource Library, an extensive CD collection that includes stimulating activities, worksheets, and booklists correlated to all GRADE items. One Resource Library corresponds to each level of GRADE, PreK–Adult. All resources are reproducible. The booklists contain 500 authors and titles, with various reading and interest levels. For targeted remediation, booklists are divided into the following four categories: Phonics/Decoding, Compare and Contrast, Drawing Conclusions, and Making Inferences.
The GRADE professional development course shows you how to make reading more meaningful to each student. The course also helps you to understand how to align GRADE assessment results with correlated interventions to assist students in improving weaknesses or to challenge their strengths.
|Platform||Operating System||Processor||RAM||Available Hard-Drive Space||Monitor Settings|
|Windows||XP, Vista, or later||Pentium II, 300 MHz or Higher||128 MB available without scannningj 512 MB available with scanning*||100 MB with Java virual machine; 60 MB without virtual machine||24-bit|
|Macintosh||OS v10.3x (Panther) or later||PowerMac G3|
*Scanning software compatible with PC only. Note: Faster configurations provide faster installation and enhance software performance.
Installation Instructions - Mac (PDF) - A step-by-step instruction to download GRADE or GMADE to a Mac.
Installation Instructions - PC (PDF) - A step-by-step instruction to download GRADE or GMADE to a PC.
The Client/Server version of the Scoring and Reporting Software uses Microsoft SQL Server 2000 as its backend database. Your organization must have a registered copy of SQL Server 2000 or 2005 in order for the software to function across a network. Although other database options are listed during database selection, only SQL Server 2000 and 2005 have been tested and approved for use with the GRADE and G-MADE Client/Server Scoring and Reporting software.
A numeric ID system for students, teachers, classes, and schools must be in place to use the software.
A number of Optical Mark Read (OMR) scanners are compatible with the GRADE/GMADE Scoring and Reporting Software.
Current Scanner Models (available for sale as of May, 2008)
Please note that these scanning speeds do not take into account time to load and unload the scanner, clearing of misfeeds, or operator interruptions. A faster scanner with a larger capacity automatic feed may be a better fit if a large number of tests or if a number of multiple-page test booklets for the early primary grades will be scanned.
Older Scanner Models (compatible, but no longer sold)
Note that the iNSIGHT and OpScan models have been sold under the NCS, Pearson, and Scantron brand names.
For more information about these scanners, please contact Scantron Corporation at 800-722-6876 or visit Scantron's web site at www.scranton.com.
Presenter: Misty Sprague and Lisa Langell
Research shows us that utilizing a multifaceted, balanced assessment approach is the best way to ensure that the instruction you are delivering meets the needs of all learners in your classroom. Join us for a complimentary hour long session as we discuss how using a formative tool like AIMSweb in conjunction with a diagnostic tool like GRADE will help you identify the specific strengths and needs of your learners, while monitoring their day to day progress.
Date: Sep 11, 2013
Presenter: Misty Sprague
During this session the presenter will demonstrate how the Group Reading and Diagnostic Evaluation(GRADE) and Group Math and diagnostic evaluation (GMADE) help to make reading and math more meaningful to each and every student, which will improve the overall quality of instruction. We will also look at understanding how to align the GRADE/GMADE assessment results with correlated interventions to help students improve weaknesses or challenge strengths. This session serves as a good introduction to school personnel who would like to learn more about GRADE/GMADE and how it can be used in their schools.
Date: Sep 05, 2013
Presenter: Misty Sprague
During this session the presenter will demonstrate how the Group Reading and Diagnostic Evaluation (GRADE) help to make reading more meaningful to each and every student, which will improve the overall quality of instruction. We will also look at understanding how to align GRADE assessment results with correlated interventions to help students improve weaknesses or challenge strengths. This session serves as a good introduction to school personnel who would like to learn more about GRADE and how it can be used in their schools.
Date: Oct 16, 2012