Reading Remediation Assessment–Identifying Students Needs

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It’s that time of year again. We are back into the swing of things and almost done with our first 6-weeks. I am starting to remediate students on a weekly basis. I wanted to share some resources I use to help screen my readers and progress monitor.

When I went to the Virginia State Reading Association conference in Richmond last spring, I sat in a seminar about building a literacy program at your school. One thing the speaker spent time on was screeners and developing a method of screening all your students to decide who needs help and who does not. The speaker was a literacy coach for an entire school, so she screened her kids during gym class. I do not have that kind of time, so I developed a 2 pronged method to finding my low readers and assessing what they need help with.

  1. Use their standardized testing scores and your schools student growth assessment or universal screener

In the past, my school has used the GATES assessment. It’s a 48 questioned timed test to assess reading comprehension. This is scored with percentile groups and reading levels. This year we are using a new Student Growth assessment. Our county provides us with data concerning how these scores translate into percentile groups and what the scores are. Identify your lowest 5-10 students based on this data.

2. Remediation Assesments:

Once you have identified your lowest 5-10 students to remediate, I then pull students into my room individually to assess their skills. I use 4 different “tests”with this:

A) A list of high frequency words on the 4th grade level–First I have the students read aloud to me from this list of words. These are pretty basic words a student should be able to read in 7th grade. If they struggle with these words, it’s a good indicator they need additional help either reading or recognizing words.
B) An ORF passage on the 4th grade level–Next, I give students an oral reading fluency (ORF) passage to read aloud. I score this like you would any other ORF test. I mark words they either skip or mispronounce. In the end of the passage, I mark the words they got correct over the total words they read and get a %age for accuracy. I also time the students and mark how far they get in a minute. I don’t tell them this and let them finish the entire passage.
C) A short comprehension passage with 5 questions on the….you guessed it….4th grade level–This is the third step. The student reads this aloud to me. I don’t mark for accuracy, but I do listen to their reading. They then answer 5 short multiple choice questions about the reading.
D) A story retelling rubric offline for Fiction passages….Finally, if there is time, I have students retell the story to me and use the retelling rubric from Reading A-Z. This has scores for certain levels of mastery so I can see the students comprehension of the story when the answers aren’t in front of them.

You may wonder why I use 4th grade material. The students we identify in the lowest percentile of our student body tend to fall in the 3rd to 4th grade reading level range. It’s hard to believe someone can let a child get so behind, but it happens! I try to be optimistic and start at 4th. If I need to go down a level, I work my way either down or up.

This assessment strategy can be used multiple times during the year.

Almost all my resources come from Reading A to Z. You can try them free for 2 weeks, I think, but if you are’nt up for that, I have linked some resources below:

Oral Reading Tests

Short Reading Comprehension Passage with Questions

4th Grade High Frequency Word List (this is the one I use)

Retelling Rubrics from Google Images

I hope this helps anyone who is struggling with remediation or trying to build their reading program!


Changing the Tune…Again!

Okay….so maybe you recall that I posted I will be changing the flavor of my blog to YouTube reviews?

Ain’t happening. The thing that I really need to talk about and want to talk about more than books is teaching. From today on, this blog is getting a makeover. Please expect both teaching tools AND book reviews on this site!

Thanks for stopping by!

A Good Reader, but a Bad Blogger–so YouTube?


So if you actually follow my blog, I would not be surprised if you have stopped. I am the worst blogger ever! I read a ton of books, but do I blog about them? No! And I am not sure why I can’t stay on top of my blog. I think one reason is the writing. It takes a lot of time to sit and write a blog post and then edit it and then find all the pictures and then post it.

But I had a really good idea. I love to write and read, but I love to talk more. My idea is that I am going to move my blog to YouTube! Never fear….I am going to embed all my videos here. What changes you can expect are:

1) A verbal 5 minute (ish) book review

2) I am keeping the owl rating, the 150 character review and the why I loved it in print

3) Less writing, more watching.

Thanks for sticking around, readers!

2014 Nerdy Awards for Young Adult Fiction Announced by Donalyn Miller and Nerdy Nation (Part Two)

I love anything Donnalynn touches! This is an awesome book list that strays from the “go-to” books, but still has some great “go-to” authors! Potential reviews on their way?

Nerdy Book Club

This post takes up where yesterday’s post left off–celebrating this year’s Nerdy Award winners for Young Adult Fiction. Thanks to Teri Lesesne, Jillian Heise, Kevin English, Kathy M. Burnette, Katherine Sokolowski, Paul W. Hankins, Sarah Gross, Don Miller, Cindy Minnich, David Macginnis Gill, Jennifer Fountain, and Karin Perry for contributing reading responses and reviews for our 2014 Nerdy Awards for Young Adult Fiction posts. Sometimes, crazy Christmas Eve plans work out.

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld


“Oh my gosh! My mother is going to kill me for packing more books, but can I please borrow this for first semester?” Kayla, a recent alum, was helping me unpack my classroom library over the summer when she picked up Afterworlds. Of course, I said yes and sent Kayla off to college with my brand-new copy of Afterworlds. I had read an e-ARC of the book and could not put it…

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Welcome, welcome!

Hello, World Wide Web!

If you read my “About Me” page you will see that I recently moved from to this domain. I’ll be honest—I just wasn’t up to keeping up with my teacher blog anymore. It is too much work to take pictures of all my worksheets, upload them, take pictures of my room, etc. etc. I am just trying to teach and produce successful students.

I moved to this blog because I really love books. I love books so much it hurts me inside. I get attached to characters, obsessed with authors, and hope one day that I can write a book that is so inspiring people will want to blog about it. On this blog, I just want to review books and talk about reading. Reading inspires me to be a better teacher and a better person. I may not always read adult material–let’s be honest, I read nothing for adults–but I am always reading something. I love my kiddos and will almost read anything they put into my hands!

I want to also share my ideas on teaching reading and where I think we are doing our students a disservice in teaching reading. I think the art of teaching is a living being and refusing to adapt to new teaching methods is really hurting our kids. I consider myself to be pretty successful in motivating kids to read. I may not have a 100% pass rate, but I sure as heck can motivate a class to spend twenty minutes arguing about characters and comparing books to one another. I really hope this is a forum where I can share those successful stories for people who feel “stuck” in their teaching methods. I believe in adaptability and I believe in my students–I am always going to put them first, even if it means we spend a day or two off track. I want them to leave my classroom as life long readers, not as life long test takers. There is a huge discrepancy in these two areas and I feel that state standards do not acknowledge that fact. They want numbers and data concerning pass and fail rates. I want numbers and data on books read and lives changed by those books.

I look forward to sharing with you all. Below I have linked my Goodreads account so you can see what I have been reading! I also hope to start a Twitter Feed soon where I can vent WHILE I’m reading—I frequently find myself needing that release.

**My Goodreads Account**

Thanks so much for stopping by!

–Miss Wyoming