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Pearson launches DRA2+ app for iPad

By Laura Devaney
April 29th, 2015

DRA2+ app guides teachers through reading assessment

pearson-appPearson has launched the Developmental Reading Assessment, Second Edition PLUS (DRA2+) iPad App for literacy assessment.

Now available on the App Store, the new app guides teachers through the formative reading assessment as they observe, record and evaluate changes in reading performances of students in grades K-8.

The Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA2+) is intended to give educators tools to monitor changes in student reading performance.

With the ability to identify independent reading levels and provide a focus for instruction, teachers can try to meet each student’s individual needs.

The DRA2+ app also includes a word analysis component to observe and assess foundational skills, as well as the progress monitoring assessment to monitor student progress and inform instruction through multiple, brief passages in both fiction and nonfiction.

“When a teacher delivers the DRA2+ using a tablet, data is captured real-time, eliminating the need to manually upload scores later,” said Alistair Van Moere, Ph.D., head of Pearson’s Assessment Product Solutions group.

Teachers can score student reading performance by recording them reading aloud for on-demand playback. With the app, available in both English and Spanish, they can diagnose reading proficiency and determine students’ DRA2 independent reading levels, monitoring the progress of struggling readers.

Data from the assessments delivered using the App can be uploaded to the DRA Dashboard Management System, allowing teachers and administrators instant access to student-, class-, school- and district-level results to guide data-driven decisions.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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Laura Devaney

Laura Ascione Devaney is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura