Reading Intervention Year End Data Analysis
So, we get it…we’re totally weird….but we absolutely LOVE data tracking and data analysis. Not joking. Part of the reason we love data:
Data Tracking & Data Analysis allow us to see how far our students have come and where they need to go.
Your data is your road map, your GPS, for literacy intervention. One of the best things we can do before rolling into summer is to get a good look at how our students are performing overall. This data will be invaluable to parents, other professionals working with your students over the summer, and teachers.
Now, in an ideal setting you would have a mixture of standardized assessments, curriculum-based assessments, and observational data that you could use to pull nice reports together. However, we know that typically this is not the case - you need something you can put together easily to get a quick snapshot of how your students are performing.
This truly doesn’t have to be complicated. When looking at how a student is performing specifically in reading intervention, you should be analyzing a student’s performance as it relates to the Big 5 of Reading:
Phonological Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Reading Fluency, and Reading Comprehension
Best case scenario you are using a structured and systematic approach to literacy intervention and are targeting each of these areas in your intervention sessions. You can measure these skills based on grade-level expectations. We put together a chart for you that you can download here to take a look at general benchmarks across each of the necessary reading skills.
We also put together a template you can use to report out on each of these results. Download it by clicking here!
Essentially, you want to be providing information on where a student’s skills are breaking down so that whoever will be taking over (even if it will be you) knows exactly which skills to be watching and how to communicate with the student’s parents about different types of activities they can be doing over the summer to keep their child on track. There is nothing worse than having a student come back after the summer break to see that many of their skills you worked so hard to solidify regressed.
By analyzing data to see where holes and gaps exist you can make sure that professionals and parents know exactly which areas to be focusing on over the summer. Then you can refer families to sites like Florida Center for Reading Research where they can find TONS of activities that will target the exact areas their student is struggling in.
To recap each of the 5 core components of reading:
Phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, reading fluency, and comprehension.
It can be difficult to make all of these abilities quantifiable so today we are sharing an assessment you can use to get a baseline or year end summary for your students.
In this assessment you will be measuring a few core components of phonological awareness, there are TONS of ways to measure phonological awareness if you have a student that you want to take a deeper dive analysis with - we have a comprehensive resource to track and monitor phonological awareness here!
You will also be measuring the student’s decoding ability for either single syllable words or multi-syllable words. If you are using a structured and systematic (Orton-Gillingham based) intervention, you may want to consider monitoring by syllable type. We have data tracking and progress monitoring word lists available here!
You can measure vocabulary by either, having your student identify nonsense words in the decoding portion of the assessment or you could measure their ability to fill out the vocabulary graphic organizer in the reading comprehension assessment.
You should also be tracking reading fluency and comprehension. You can choose which level of passage to provide to your student and then track their CWPM (these sheets are awesome because we already went through the trouble of counting the words on each line for you, so now counting word by word for you!).
For comprehension questions you can have your students answer questions related to the passage and see how well they are performing overall. We like to ask questions pertaining to the main idea, key details, making predictions, inferring, etc.
If you’re interested in learning about how why we do this with our our students and what that looks like we’d love to have you join us for our upcoming free online training.
How are you currently tracking or reporting on student data? Comment below, we’d love to know what’s working (and what’s not) for you!