Distance Learning | Assessing Reading Skills Virtually

Assessing students reading skills virtually, while not ideal, is completely doable! Distance Learning and teaching guided reading virtually doesn’t have to difficult either. Assessing reading skills virtually can definitely be accomplished with some planning and preparation. Implementing virtual reading assessments remotely can be done by using the proper tools and video software. Join me for this video as I go into detail on how to assess your students reading skills virtually and/or remotely to show you how simple and streamlined this process can be. Remember, the reason for assessing reading skills virtually, is to glean important information about your students’ reading skills and abilities to then inform your guided reading instruction during distance learning.

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Please post your questions below and even ideas for possibly future videos and I will do whatever I can to help you ROCK virtual teaching during distance learning!



  1. April 24, 2021
    Angela Scaccia

    Thank you for sharing!

  2. April 24, 2021
    Angelyn Bohmel

    I love your video, this might help me to start my own tutorial center.

  3. April 24, 2021

    This is so insightful! Thanks for sharing

  4. April 24, 2021
    Debra Green

    Can this be used if we are using TEAMS at our school rather than Google slides?

  5. April 24, 2021
    Joann Pasterkiewicz

    This is great. I've been teaching for over 30 years and it's amazing how that pendulum swings back to the things we used to do. The PA assessments are so important. I did this years ago and it works!!! I have so many of the same assessments that I made that are almost the same. These skills are so important! I'm so happy my district purchased this for virtual instruction.

  6. April 24, 2021
    Silvia Vandrevala

    Is there a specific list you use for the Word Knowledge Assessment?

  7. April 24, 2021
    Poornima Chatterjee

    You explained wonderfully… Thanks

  8. April 24, 2021
    Carmen Nuñez

    Putting all those words in a powerpoint or google slides is a lot of work!!!!

  9. April 24, 2021
    Amalia Lee

    Always excited to watch your new videos:)

  10. April 24, 2021
    Rebecca SHIPLEY

    Anna, is there a place we can plug in the Phonological Awareness Inventory on your reports section for assessments? Sure would like to see this to help inform my Guided Reading!

  11. April 24, 2021
    Ms. Miller

    Thank you so much. Anna- do you have an email I can send you a message regarding your guided readers and some of your TpT reading materials. Thanks.

  12. April 24, 2021
    Lisa Chai

    Anna, I teach elementary special education- focusing on learning disabilities and autism- may I suggest that phonological assessments should also be given to struggling readers no matter the age or grade. The pieces of the phonics puzzle need to be assessed and taught to these kids to close the gap on what is missing. I have been doing the sight word, word knowledge, and reading inventory using the Guided Readers assessments and yes it is doable! I have my kids do Word Knowledge on Seesaw but I have to BEG BEG BEG parents not to HELP their kids 🙄

  13. April 24, 2021

    I have several grades and teachers at my school that I've shown your Guided Readers program to. We need the digital books and google slides activities that go with each book. I can't decipher which plan the google slides are on….. Sprout or Bloom? Please help, need to get this before next week.

  14. April 24, 2021

    Well done! Assessments are critical and I hope to do this on Zoom. Thanks for the help!

  15. April 24, 2021

    What are your thoughts on DOLCH vs Fry words? Can the spelling inventory assessment be done orally? How are your guided readers different from Reading A-Z readers?

  16. April 24, 2021
    Anna Lohre

    I love your videos …I have bought your reading program but I am looking for ideas to do with the other students while I conduct the reading assessment. 😊 thanks.

  17. April 24, 2021
    Ashley Uphoff

    Thanks so much! I teach kindergarten and would love a phonics and phonemic awareness version. Is that available one your store?

  18. April 24, 2021
    Andrea N

    I learned so much from this 😭 I’m going into my senior year of my Elementary Ed degree and this year I will be having my biggest internships, I needed this encouragement!!

  19. April 24, 2021
    Lynn Antonio-Smith

    Thanks for this video. My school opens virtually in two weeks and I am right now trying to plan how I'm going to assess virtually. This video came right in time! Please answer these questions for me:
    1. At what grade level do you give the sight words and word knowledge assessments? Is it Grade 2 and higher?
    2. Do you give all 200 of the sight words to individual students?
    3. How do you know which level books to begin testing students on? Do you use a scoring rubric from the sight words and word knowledge assessments to determine what level the students should begin reading at?

  20. April 24, 2021
    JJ Weiss

    I bought the annual membership. I teach at a small private school and do not have Google classroom or Seesaw. Is there a way students can login and work on their guided readers without me screen sharing? Thanks for your help.

  21. April 24, 2021
    Regina Gillis

    Thank you so much for your help.

  22. April 24, 2021
    Regina Gillis

    Where do I find the materials?


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