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Does using the DeMarco checklist in conjunction with Accelerated Reader leveled books improve the quality of reading assessment done with third grade Title One students?

This research explores using a teacher created checklist, The DeMarco Checklist, in conjunction with Accelerated Reader leveled books to improve the quality of reading assessment done with third grade Title One students. Twenty-four third grade Title One students and six teachers participated in this qualitative research study. The students were assessed with The DeMarco Checklist as they read Accelerated Reader leveled books. The results were compiled onto a Group Worksheet. The teachers reviewed the individual results and responded to a questionnaire. The analysis of the checklists, the Group Worksheets, and the teacher questionnaires, indicated that using The DeMarco Checklist in conjunction with Accelerated Reader leveled books improved the quality of reading assessment done with third grade Title One students. Keywords: Informal Observation, Checklists, Miscue Analysis, Reading Comprehension Strategies, and Decoding Skills

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