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3 years ago

Looking for simple, trackable reading comprehension system. Details within.


I teach Social Studies in south western Vermont. My department has recently begun discussing the issues we face with differentiation and supporting struggling readers. One thing that has come up is to find a way to have a 9-12 system to track students' reading comprehension and hopefully measure their growth. We have met with one of the reading specialists at our school as a starting point, and she gave us some great resources (such as; worth checking out). We are still searching, however, for a way to turn some of this into a rubric or lexile number or something that can follow students from year to year, with the goal being creating better differentiated materials, and appropriate interventions. It would also allow students to track their own growth, which is always nice.

Does anyone out there in /r/teachers have such a tool that they use at their school?

Happy to answer any clarifying questions, but any new resources or tools out there would be awesome!

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Social Studies 6-12
2 points · 3 years ago

Has your building looked into Scantron's EdPerformance Series, or NWEA's MAP exam?

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HS History
Original Poster1 point · 3 years ago

I think one of our feeder our middle schools does the MAP (we are in a 9-12 choice area, so we have a few different middle schools that attend our HS), so we have some data on many of our freshmen. TBH this is my first year at the school, so I don't know the politics behind it, but it was never even suggested to extend that program to the high school. Maybe I'll ask my dept chair about it separately from the dept meetings.

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Social Studies 6-12
1 point · 3 years ago

We use it in our building. It's slightly less useful; the science test, for example, might not align to your state standards/ order of instruction, but the reading and math tests are reliable, as far as I can tell.

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Would also second MAP

level 1

I use and Acheive3000 for these exact purposes! I prefer readtheory because it offers more data, personally. Both are super easy to use and set up

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HS History
Original Poster1 point · 3 years ago

These look great. I explored them a bit and sent them to the dept to see what they think. Thank you!

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English | CA, USA
1 point · 3 years ago

I'm using news ELA right now. They do have lexile levels,though it is student selected.

level 1
7/8 Humanities
1 point · 3 years ago

Hi, also a Vermont teacher (middle level)! It's not perfect, but we use SRI testing. I believe it keeps data year to year. Certainly not a perfect system, but it gives a good measure of where your students are at. The best part is that it allows you to show students their growth as they take it throughout the year. After it has been taken students will find out their exile number, which they can then use to search for books on the SRI website (as well as many others). It's worked well so far, especially for the 7th and 8th graders.

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1 point · 3 years ago · edited 3 years ago has a bunch of Social Studies articles and questions that go with them. I use them in 3rd grade but they go all the way to grade 12 and also have the lexile listed for the article as well. I hope this helps!

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