Case studies

Cardinal Griffin Catholic College

DRA gives an excellent insight into both comprehension and accuracy.

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Bedale C of E Primary School

DRA showed us where children were able to read the text but not able to retrieve answers from the text despite having it in front of them.

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Hipswell C of E Primary

It helped identify those children whose comprehension skills did not match their reading skills.

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The Mount School York

Great to observe comprehension behaviours of pupils, looking back at text.  Most significantly, it is the timing aspect that is most valuable about DRA.

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The Mount School compare the old and new edition of DRA

DRA is a very complete package. I would always recommend DRA as it is personal, establishes great rapport with the students and leads to good dialogue about preferences for Fiction/ Non-fiction (or lack of understanding of the difference). Error analysis provides a great deal of information in minimal time. It is actually always enjoyable to mark and provides almost instant feedback.

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Communicate-ed review DRA

Attractively presented test, quick and easy to administer, and offering scores for reading speed and comprehension processing speed, which so few tests cover. 

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Hipswell C of E Primary use DRA

I chose to use DRA because the range of short texts helps to keep the children engaged - they feel as if they are achieving rather than failing – and because having a recognised assessment like DRA is so useful if children need to be referred for specialist support.

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