Week 13: Monitor Progress
"Video Chat #6: Progress Monitoring"
Susan Barton talks about the skills to track (phonemic awareness, decoding accuracy, and spelling) and tools to use (unit post-tests, DIBELS deep, or the WIST) to monitor progress.
Webinar: "How Do You Measure Progress?"
This one-hour webinar with Susan Barton was sponsored by Learning Ally as a public service.
"She'll explain the various reading skills that each of the typical progress monitoring tools check. Which reading skills SHOULD be checked in students with dyslexia (known or suspected) and how to convert test scores into percentiles – to see if real growth is being made. Participants will come away with a better understanding of how academic performance can be assessed for students with dyslexia, how to quantify improvement and how to evaluate the effectiveness of instruction. "
More to Explore:
Formal Measures of Progress
The following nationally normed tests can be used to measure progress (or to prove lack of progress). They would typically be administered by a psychologist or resource specialist.
TOWRE-2 (Test of Word Reading Efficiency, 2nd edition) This test contains 4 forms so it can be administered 4 times a year
GORT-5 (Gray Oral Reading)
TWS-5: Test of Written Spelling–Fifth Edition
WIST: Word Identification and Spelling Test
Informal Monitoring at Home
DIBELS is used in many schools to screen for dyslexia and track reading progress. It can also be done at home. This video describes the test.
This article from the RTI Action Network describes tools schools can use to monitor progress of students in RTI programs.