“Provides the very sorts of information needed to assist students in developing their understanding of complex texts in more complex ways.”
Richard L. Allington, Professor of Literacy Studies,
University of Tennessee

Independent Reading Assessment assesses what students can do independently to inform all areas of your instruction!


Jennifer Serravallo is a literacy consultant, researcher, and author of several professional books, including The Literacy Teacher's Playbook for grades K-2 (2014) and 3-6 (2013), Conferring With Readers (2007) and Teaching Reading in Small Groups (2010). Until 2012, Jennifer was a Senior Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, where she worked for eight years helping urban, suburban, and rural schools implement exceptional literacy instruction through reading and writing workshops. While working toward her MA at Teachers College, Jennifer taught grades 3–5 in two Title I schools with large class sizes, high numbers of ELLs, and an enormous range of learners. The experience galvanized her to develop Independent Reading Assessment and other resources that help teachers meet students wherever they are in their learning curve as readers and writers. Jennifer is also a graduate of Vassar College, with degrees in Child Development and Elementary Education. She has taught undergraduate- and graduate-level courses at both Vassar and Teachers College on children’s literature and Urban Education Reform.

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