Are set at AISD schools for Feb. 1 to 16

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

Pre-kindergarten through second grade students will have their parent-teacher conferences from Feb. 1 to Feb. 16, a change from last year, with third and fourth grade students holding their conferences after their TAKS exams on Feb. 19 and 20.

Leslie Crane, the Chapter Reading Teacher at Saenz Elementary School, said that among other items being reviewed, teachers will review the results of the mid-year Texas Primary Reading Inventory Test, which is an assessment tool that provides a reliable representation of a student's reading/language arts development.

"The TPRI is a diagnostic test which is given to students in Pre-K through second grade three times a year, charting their reading and language arts development at the beginning, middle and end of the school year," Crane said.

According to the TPRI Web site, a quick screening section works with a more detailed inventory section to help teachers identify strengths and problem areas as well as monitor progress in reading and language arts development.

With the TPRI, teachers can focus on helping students learn the reading concepts they need, so that all students can meet the goal of reading on grade level.

The TPRI covers all five of the domains of reading required to qualify for the President's Reading First Program under the No Child Left Behind Act. To receive federal funding, states must show that they have a high-quality, effective reading program that includes rigorous assessments with proven validity and reliability. As a research-based classroom assessment tool, the TPRI helps schools in Texas meet these critical funding requirements.

"When it comes to Accelerated Reading instruction funding, the money goes to provide supplemental materials for reading and into the summer school program," Saenz Elementary principal Nora Lopez said. "The instructional funds are sent to the district, and I know that every school receives some funding for ARI due to their TPRI results, which also go towards tutorial instruction and Saturday school programs."