These Phonological Awareness Progress Monitoring Probes can be used to assess and progress monitor your students' phonological awareness skills. These probes assess rhyming, segmenting sentences, segmenting words into syllables, blending phonemes, segmenting phonemes, initial sound discrimination, medial sound discrimination, final sound discrimination, phoneme deletion. The way that I have implemented these probes in the past is as follows:
- First the entire probe was administered to all students to gather baseline data. We implemented these particular probes with Kindergarten students; however, they could be used with Pre-K or first grade students as well.
- The students were then divided into three groups (Group 1, Group 2 Group 3) depending on the areas of weakness. For example, if a students scored at least 80% on each individual Group 1 skills, but scored 60% on the segmenting portion of Group 2 skills, that particular student would be placed in Group 2 initially.
- After the students are placed into appropriate groups, the students were taught the specific skills on which they scored below 80%. The student who scored 60% on the segmenting portion of Group 2 skills would have only been taught segmenting over the past two weeks, and would been progress monitored only on the skill of segmenting phonemes.
- After two weeks of instruction, the students were progress monitored using these probes to determine present levels of performance. **The students are only assessed on the areas of weakness (the areas that should have been addressed over the past two weeks). I would not advise your trying to administer the entire probe every two weeks. Nobody has that much time! :)
- If the student continues to score below 80%, then that student would remain in the same group. If the student scores 80% or above the student will move to the next group of which he/she did not score 80% or above on sections.
- The students are regrouped and retaught and then regrouped again after two weeks.
**This is how I chose to implement this tool. You can, of course, use it the way you see fit.