This week's chapter is all about assessment Here are the questions to think about.
Below are the assessments that I use to test letter knowledge and sight words. Each pack is free and they include instructions for testing children with little or no verbal skills.
At this stage I don't do dictated sentences. Most of my children have little letter knowledge and poor fine motor skills so I don't think that this would be useful for me to do. I don't really do a writing sample but rather a printing sample. I have the children print their numbers and letters and their name each month so that I can see progress over time. You can find the link below. It is a paid product.
I do complete running records once the children have enough sight word knowledge. I usually use the PM Benchmark kit. This kit has a comprehension section so I usually use that.
I usually use my own assessments every day and I do a running record every couple of months or if I feel a child needs moving to the next level. I don't usually introduce the text used in the assessment but I do try to make sure that the bulk of the words are part of their sight vocabulary. I've never had the student read the text silently first, I usually do a picture walk. If the student asks for help, I tell them. I check to make sure that they remember what I told them the next time they see the word. If I have to keep telling them, we need to work on it. I usually ask a lot of questions when we read stories to check for comprehension. When the books become too easy, I usually do a running record to decide if a child needs to move up.