Assessment & Evaluation of Reading and Language Development

Enhance your knowledge and proficiency in assessing core literacy skills.
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Learn to select, administer, and interpret formative and summative literacy assessments for evaluating reading and language processes.

We invite you to enroll in our Assessment & Evaluation of Reading and Language Development course to meet your professional development goals if you need teaching license renewal, graduate credits, or just a refresher course. 

During the RDGED 706 Assessment & Evaluation of Reading and Language Development 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).

Online Registration Form
Register now to reserve a spot, there is no registration fee to reserve a class.

**Background check required to enroll in this course

Online Course
Instructor: Abbie Oleson
Three semester hours of graduate credit 

Spring:  January 23 - April 7, 2023
Tuition: $476 per semester hour graduate credit ($1,428 for a three-credit course)
Spring Tuition Due:  March 1, 2023

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your employer to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development.

Our online Assessment & Evaluation of Reading and Language Development course allows you to complete your weekly assignments as they best fit your schedule. All discussion postings and projects are submitted online.

The RDGED 706 Assessment & Evaluation of Reading and Language Development 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.

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. 

Our students include:

  • 4K - Elementary, Middle School, and High School Teachers
  • Reading/Math Interventionists
  • Special Education Teachers
  • English Language Arts Teachers
  • Dual-Language Spanish Teachers
  • Academic/Instructional Coaches
  • Reading Resource Teachers
  • Title I Teachers
  • ELL/ESL Teachers
  • Bilingual teachers
  • Literacy Specialists
  • RTI Coordinators
  • Literacy Coaches
  • Library Media Specialists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists

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. 

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.

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.) 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. (2021). Qualitative reading inventory - 7th edition. Pearson Allyn & Bacon.
    To order the Enhanced Pearson eText packaged with a bound book, order ISBN 978-0134539409. 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.) Pearson Allyn & Bacon. ISBN 13: 9780132907088 Available 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.Heinemann. ISBN: 978-0-325-09258-4  

Free Download

Armbruster, B. B., Lehr, F., & Osborn, J. (2001). Put reading first: The research building blocks for teaching children to read. (3rd ed). Retrieved from

One e-textbook will be provided after you log in to the course. 

McCormick, S. & Zutell, J. (2015). Instructing students who have literacy problems. (7th ed.).  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.