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 writers. 850-8842 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 kindergarten. 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 future. 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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