Do you write your own passages for assessments or are they given to you? I have found writing them from scratch to be somewhat difficult…I want to make sure the readability is appropriate and I don't want to plagiarize when taking information from other sources.
We have been bombarded with giving pre/post tests this year, all on individual standards. Since have six marking periods and need grades here in Texas, we grade the post tests and have to have at least 10 questions on each. We have to create them ourselves and it is nearly impossible to find a passage with ten questions on the same standard.
We don't really have that many resources, so I have taken to retyping passages from assessment books that we have an then just rewriting the questions to fit the purpose of the assessment. Now, after all this, I'm thinking I should just write them from scratch so they can be mine!
Anyways, while discussing resources at a training, ReadWorks.org was shared with me as a resource for passages and I just checked it out.
You can search for passages by topic, grade level (K-8), or skill. They also have Lexile levels listed for each, but I personally am not really familiar with Lexile levels.
Here is an example of of the passages. It looks pretty good with photographs, captions, headings, bold print, etc.
We usually write our own questions to meet our needs, but each of the passages also comes with questions. Some of the question files are Word docs too, so they could be easily edited.
You have to register to access the site, but it is free. Has anyone ever used ReadWorks.org? Have you found any other useful components? I noticed that it also has lessons/units to go with picture books as well.