University-Based Literacy Tutoring Program for Elementary Students

Literacy instruction in the tutoring programs is focused on meeting the needs of students by utilizing various instructional methods, assessments, and technology to enrich the development of each student. Our University faculty and staff are dedicated to the advancement of literacy for all students.

An informal reading inventory (IRI) is an authentic standards-based assessment. It is composed of a series of reading passages that begin at pre-primer level and progressively become more difficult. As a reader progresses from easier passages to more difficult ones, the examiner records, analyzes, and summarizes data that reflect the reader's application or default of standards and indicators of reading competency: prior knowledge/prediction, word recognition, fluency, and comprehension.

Knowing informal reading inventory data enables classroom teachers, reading specialists, and school psychologists to make evidence-based instructional decisions and to report student progress in standards-based terms. Standardized testing does not provide such detailed instructionally connected data (Woods & More, 2011 p. 2).

Woods, M.L. & Moe, A.J. (2011), Analytical Reading Inventory. (9th Ed.), Pearson, New York.