Track Progress Over Time

Measure Reading Skills Improvement

If a method of instruction is not helping then it needs to be changed. You can tell if the current method of instruction is effective by asking these questions:

  1. Is my child or student improving?
  2. Are they closing the gap with their peers?

Our Progress Tracking addresses both of these questions. Closing the gap is the goal as one may improve but fall further behind. Our progress tracking system permits frequent testing of four important reading skills. The testing produces a progress report that addresses trends in progress over time. Progress testing may be done as often as weekly. The four tests are:

  1. Word Naming
  2. Nonsense Word Naming
  3. Word Meaning
  4. Sentence Understanding

Why Track with These Four Reading Skills?

These skills are the four most important indicators of fluent reading. Improvement in these skills indicate progress in becoming a skilled reader.

  • Rapidly identifying words is the foundation of skilled reading
  • Pronouncing nonsense words measures the ability to sound out words
  • Understanding the meaning of words is the first step in comprehending
  • Understanding sentences is the final step in comprehension

How Can We Test So Frequently?

Most progress testing consists of testing at start and end of school year and comparing the difference. Often a whole year of potential progress is wasted on ineffective interventions because of lack of good progress monitoring. We can test frequently because no two tests are the same. We do not have to wait until the student “forgets” the test.

  • Each test has a large pool of potential items
  • System randomly selects items from the pool
  • Each test becomes different
  • No issue of one remembering a test

How the Tracking System Works

The Tracking system uses four of the tests that are part of our diagnostic system. With tracking the emphasis is progress over time and closing the gap with one’s peers.

  • Appropriate for grades 3 to 8
  • Child/student performs four core reading tasks
  • System measures time and accuracy for each test item
  • Speed and accuracy are combined to make percentile scores
  • System immediately generates a report addressing progress

How the Testing Works

Items are presented on the screen and the student responds by speaking out loud and pressing SPACEBAR at the same time.

  • All four tests work the same
  • A test item appears on the screen starting a timer
  • Student responds by speaking out loud and pressing SPACEBAR at same time
  • SPACEBAR press stops timer 
  • Response is scored manually

The Progress Report

After the tests are completed, the system generates a report showing the progress made. The report compares previous performances to the current performance identifying trends over time.

Speed, accuracy and percentile scores are compared to previous scores in tables and charts. Report sections include:

  • Introduction
  • Progress testing results
  • Interpretation of results
  • Progress summary
  • Additional resources

View sample report…

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