Video Courses

Assessing Our Students

IACET Accredited
0.10 CEUs 1 Training Hours

We all want to see our students succeed. With these assessments, you will be able to pinpoint and better understand each student’s unique needs and then adapt how you teach to help each and every child learn.

100% Free
Time to complete
1 Hour
Provides a
Certificate of Training
Recommended for
  • Kindergarten – 3rd grade educators

  • Principals and Vice Principals

By the End of This Course You’ll Be Able To
  • Outline the Big 5 components of reading
  • Compose a drill down method to identify areas of growth for your students
  • Learn to backfill for students who need additional help
Why It Matters
  • Assessments are powerful tools to track student progress

  • Assessments allow you to individualize your teaching to meet each student’s needs

  • You can create an environment that fosters cognitive development necessary for children to read

How it Works

  • Learn at Your Own Pace

    You don’t have to finish the course all in one sitting. In fact, we recommend you take this course a little bit at a time, incorporating what you’ve learned in the classroom.

  • Earn IACET CEUs

    In order to pass and receive IACET CEUs for this course, you will first need to complete all the lessons, then complete the end of course assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

  • Free Guided Resources

    As you go through a course, we’ll introduce you to free resources that will help you implement what you’re learning.

  • Never Learn Alone

    Have a question on what you’re learning in the course or how to use a resource? Reach out to the Cox Campus community for advice or to lend a helping hand to others.


  1. Lesson 1

    AOS Lesson 1: Assessing Reading - The Big 5

     Duration 27  minutes
    Teaching and assessing the National Reading Panel’s Big 5 helps us get to know our students, quickly identify which students have mastered certain skills, and focus our planning for those who could benefit from additional reading support.
  2. Lesson 2

    AOS Lesson 2: The Assessment Toolkit

     Duration 29  minutes
    In this lesson, we are going to guide you in knowing why we use specific assessments, how to know which type of assessment to use to assess specific reading skills, and the order for drilling down with assessments to identify students’ instructional level.
  3. Lesson 3

    AOS Lesson 3: Assessment Data - Know Your Students

     Duration 11  minutes
    After assessments have been given, we can use the data we’ve collected to create student data profiles for each of our students. As we are planning our instruction, we “DIG” for the data on each student to focus our teaching and to form small groups for targeted instruction.
  4. Lesson 4

    AOS Lesson 4: End of Course Assessment

     Duration 16  minutes
    In this lesson, you will take the end of course assessment and post course survey. You must score 80% or higher to pass the assessment and receive your certificate of completion.

Your Facilitator

Karensa Harris, M. Ed.
Rollins Center Facilitator
Karensa is a language and literacy Rollins facilitator. She is a member of the Rollins’ Content Development Team for online learning courses for Cox Campus and provides online coaching on Cox Campus practices.

Success Stories

  • "I have learned so much to take back to my classroom. I’m using these learning experiences to help strengthen the language of each child and I see a difference each day in the children’s language."
  • "I love the Cox Campus courses because I am able to log on at my convenience and learn a little more information to help me be a better teacher/caregiver and even a better parent."
    Infant/Toddler Teacher
  • "I have experienced more meaningful conversations with my students and have seen them flourish in literacy due to the incorporation of strategies I’ve learned."
    Pre-K Teacher


The Cox Campus is the digital outreach platform for the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy. Our team is composed of experienced teachers, early learning and language experts, neuroscientists, school leaders, speech language pathologists and authorities in adult learning and curriculum design to give all children access to the Science of Reading to change the odds for all children.

The Rollins Center, of the Atlanta Speech School, in some cases, may allow an instructor, facilitator, content editor or a subject matter expert or consultant with proprietary interests to conduct professional development activities at Rollins events, provided that appropriate disclosure of such interest is made. Disclosure of proprietary interest will be made on course material and at the beginning of the course/learning event, when applicable.