Each Trimester, data is gathered about each student’s foundational skills including decoding, fluency, and reading comprehension. The information obtained is compared from trimester to trimester in order to accurately measure growth over time. Two tools are utilized to collect reading data from all students K - 5.
The A-Z Benchmark Reading Assessment is utilized to identify the instructional level of material your child can read with adequate comprehension. The A-Z Benchmark presents students with leveled, multi-page books, closely resembling authentic book reading. For fiction texts (grades K - 2), students need to understand the story’s main idea, characters, setting and problem and solution. For nonfiction texts (grades 3 - 5), students need to understand the concepts in the text and apply the information in order to demonstrate reading comprehension.
Depending on reading level/grade level, students read either the whole book or a portion of the book aloud , and then silently. After reading the book, comprehension is assessed based on responses to questions that include:
- text-based: answers can be found directly in the text.
- inferential: readers take the information presented and deduce a logical response
- critical response: answers go beyond the text.
DIBELS Next (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) are used to gather information about students’ oral reading behaviors. DIBELS are comprised of multiple measures to function as indicators of phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, and accuracy and fluency with connected text. Each DIBELS subtest was designed to help identify children experiencing difficulty in acquisition of basic early literacy skills in order to provide support early and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties. DIBELS is a timed assessment; each subtest takes 1 minute.
- Kindergarten subtests include: phoneme segmentation, first sound fluency, letter naming, and nonsense word fluency.
- First Grade subtests include: Letter naming, nonsense word fluency and oral reading fluency (Words read accurately in 1 minute).
- Second Grade subtests include: Nonsense word fluency and oral reading fluency.
- Third to Fifth grade subtest include: Oral reading fluency