Running records represent a formative assessment that can be used to determine reading strengths and weaknesses. These reading records allow teachers to adjust their instruction to meet student needs. Running records provide teachers with information regarding the strategies a child employs while reading. Some students struggle with the reading process. A running record allows teachers to identify specifically what part of the reading process a student is struggling with and teach directly to that particular skill. A standard procedure for administering a running record and how to use a running record to inform instruction is needed. A common language allows instructors to analyze running records as part of a professional learning community. Understanding how to interpret the results of a running record helps to inform instruction. Implementing standardized running record procedures and training in how to interpret the results of a running record allows teachers to problem solve with their teams. Teachers can discuss students who are not making reading gains and work to analyze and discuss running records and implement possible instructional changes.

Running record professional development video:
This video is available in your school's professional development library. Put the DVD into the disc drive on your laptop. Then click this icon to view.

Article required for running record professional development:

Shea, M. Assessing reading growth with running records. Retrieved from the World Wide Web on March 26, 2011

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Additional research article:

Fawson, P.C., Reutzel, D.R., Smith, J.A., Ludlow, B.C., & Sudweeks, R. (2006). Examining the reliability of running records: Attaining generalizable results. Journal of Educational Research, 100(2), p.314-325.

Running record forms:

Running record protocol

Running record symbols and marking conventions

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