This digital resource can be a cog in your reading teacher machine.
Use it to assess student's reading ability and know exactly where in the road they are stuck as a reader, and use it guide your next steps to get them successful and fluent.
It is my go - to for Reading Foundations Decoding Benchmark Interventions and Skill Building.
It is, put simply, a two page assessment guide to be done in order. It asses students reading ability to sound out words and then apply that understanding of phonics to non-sense words. It can be used in many ways-- data for your guided reading instruction, assessments to guide your RTI or MTSS, and/or a visual for parents when explaining the keys to learning how to read.
How to implement:
Test the student one-on-one
Start from the first skill set of words
Have students sound out the words
Only progress to the next set of words if student can successfully and accurately read 80% or 8 out of 10 of the words in that set
Where the student struggles the most, there is a title or grouped skill set for that list of words to guide your instruction with. For example, if a student cannot successfully and accurately read the words in the fourth set of words, then he or she needs direct and explicit instruction and lessons on consonant blends and consonant digraphs.
Then, retest the student. If they pass that set of words with an 80% or better, then test them on the next set of words and so on.
This can be used in the upper grades as a diagnostic tool for seeing why your older student cannot comprehend well. Likely it is that they lack the knowledge or application understanding of a foundational skill. Test them with this, too, you can "fill the gap" of their foundation, so - to - speak, and they will gain confidence as they improve their comprehension. If your older student can pass this assessment and do so very well, then they do not have decoding or phonics issues. You can use this tool as a data measure to further investigate their need.
I hope this helps you as much as it helps my team and my colleagues- hence my sharing it! (: Much love and give me follow (;