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Assessing Early Reading Acquisition

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Assessing Early Reading. Assessing early reading acquisition is complicated, but one must know what skills to focus on. We can derive an understanding of the important aspects of assessment from the critical components of instruction. As Torgesen (2010) states: Adequate reading comprehension is the most important ultimate outcome of effective instruction in reading. Deriving lessons from an exhaustive review of research, consultations with experts, and public hearings, the members of the National Reading Panel (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 2000) highlighted five essential components of effective reading instruction, as follows: (1) phonemic awareness – instruction designed to teach children the ability to focus
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