This research brief provides evidence that the reading assessments developed by Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and administered as part of the MCPS Assessment Program in Primary Reading (AP-PR) are valid measures of reading proficiency (have criterion-related validity). The standards set for reading proficiency with the AP-PR are aligned with those used to establish TerraNova Second Edition (TN/2) national reading benchmark (50th percentile). Students who meet the AP-PR benchmark by the end of Grade 2 are likely to be reading on grade level in Grade 3.
Continue to administer the AP-PR to evaluate Grade 2 reading proficiency. Use formative assessment data obtained from the fall and winter administrations of the AP-PR to monitor student likelihood of scoring at or above the national benchmark on TN/2 subtests in reading. Use the results of the AP-PR to identify and provide appropriate instructional interventions for students who are at risk of reading below grade level by the end of Grade 3.
CRValidity_2008-9-10.pdf (141KB PDF)