Parent Universal Screening Newsletter by W3uXqSq


									                                                                                   A Parent’s Guide to
                                        How can I help my child?
How will the data be                                                               Universal Screening
used?                                   It is our hope that these measures
                                        will help teachers as they plan
                                        instruction for your child. It will also    Reaching all Readers
Teachers will use the data              help you to know how he or she is
collected from the universal            doing on the reading journey.
screening measures along with the
other data (print concepts, running     You can help your child at home by
records and retellings, EOG scores,     providing opportunities for reading
and observations) to make               and writing. Spend some time each
instructional decisions. For some       day reading with your child and
students who have been identified       talking about what has been read.
“at risk” for reading difficulties on   You can read to your child, your child
the universal screening measures,       can read to you, or you can take
the teacher will “dig deeper” to        turns reading. You may want to
find out exactly where the              create a book corner in your home so
student’s gaps are and collaborate      that you both know where the books
with their colleagues to determine      can be found. Provide a variety of
the best plan for helping the           books and writing materials for your
student. For students who are on        child. The public library offers a
target for success, teachers will       variety of materials from which your
use the data to ensure that             child may choose books of interest.
students continue on that path.

The Literacy Team      believes that
this additional data    will help all
                                          For more information, contact              Literacy Team
students on their       journey to        Dr. Sherri Merritt,
becoming proficient    readers and
                                          Director of K-12 Literacy
                                            Why are we using

                                        Universal Screening measures?

What are these Universal                  What are the measures                  and first grade students to say the
Screening measures?                       that   my   child  is                  sounds that they hear in a word.
                                          completing?                            The teacher says a word and asks
Your child’s teachers may have                                                   the student to give all the sounds
shared the results of universal           Each measure is one minute. The
                                                                                 he/she hears in the word. For
screening measures with you and           timed measures allow the teacher
                                                                                 example, cat has three sounds -
you are wondering what they are           to see if your child can respond to
                                                                                 /c/ /a/ /t/. This is a skill that
and why they are being used.              the      task      correctly    and
                                                                                 should be mastered by the end of
During the 2009-2010 school year,         automatically, not taking a long
many elementary schools in Wake           time to think about the answer.
County are implementing the use           Students who have these basic          NONSENSE WORD FLUENCY
of these measures to provide              reading skills at an automatic level
                                          can focus their attention on           This measure asks students to
additional information to help
                                          comprehending what they are            apply their understanding of letters
teachers      make       the     best
                                          reading. This is the goal for all      and sounds to read words they
instructional decisions for students.
                                          readers.                               have     never      seen     before.
The measures are a series of short
                                                                                 Kindergarten, first, and second
assessments given to students in
                                          LETTER NAMING FLUENCY                  graders are given a list of make-
grades K-5 to screen and predict
                                                                                 believe words or nonsense words
their progress in learning the skills     This measure asks students to
                                                                                 like “sim” or “lut” and asked to
necessary for reading.         These      identify as many upper and lower
                                                                                 either say the individual sounds or
measures are given three times a          case letters as possible in one
                                                                                 read the words.
year. Teachers will use this data         minute.     Kindergarten and first
along with other data to monitor          grade students are given a page        ORAL READING FLUENCY
student growth and to make                with letters on it and asked to
decisions about how to meet the           name them.          Students who       This measure checks the student’s
needs of each student.                    struggle with this are more likely     ability to read grade level passages
                                          to have reading problems in the        accurately and fluently. Students
Schools are using either the                                                     in grades one through five are
DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of                                                    asked to read aloud three one
Basic Literacy Skills) or AIMSWeb         PHONEME SEGMENTATION                   minute passages. Students who
which are research-based and              FLUENCY                                read accurately and fluently are
have normed results to guide our                                                 better able to understand what
use of the data.                          This measure asks kindergarten
                                                                                 they read.

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