Maximizing Progress


Read Naturally Encore: Evaluating student progress


Evaluating student progress is one of the most important things you do as a Read Naturally Encore educator. Personal knowledge of your students, as well as the objective data you collect via the graphs, allows you to make informed instructional decisions and effectively communicate with parents or guardians. In Read Naturally Encore, the student’s graphs offer a quick way to analyze student performance and are an easy way to communicate student performance to parents.

1. Analyze the Graphs

First, consider the number of levels the student has completed. Steadily advancing through levels is an indication of a student's reading progress.

Then analyze the goal, and the cold-timing, quiz, and word list scores for each level, as shown on the graphs. Compare the student's first three scores in each of these categories to the last three scores, which compares average performance, rather than performance based on a single story.

  • An increase in the cold-timing score is an indication of progress in fluency, especially if the cold timing is done by the teacher.
  • An increase in the goal is an indication of progress in fluency.
  • An increase in the quiz score is an indication of an improvement in comprehension. Quiz scores of 80% or higher indicate adequate comprehension for the level.
  • An increase in the retelling score is an indication of improved recall and/or improved writing ability.
  • In the Phonics series, a decrease in the number of seconds to complete a word-list is an indication of improvement in decoding.

In any of the above categories, an increase from the first three scores to the last three scores within a level is an indication of improvement. An increase across levels is an even stronger indication of improvement.

2. Share the Graphs with Parents

You may want send the graphs to parents or guardians to provide information on their child’s performance.

3. Analyze Benchmark Assessment Data

In addition to the data from the graphs, scores from oral reading fluency assessments offer critical information about progress in fluency. Compare the student’s initial WCPM with his or her current WCPM score. An increase in the WCPM score is an indicator of improvement in fluency. Use the Hasbrouck-Tindal Oral Fluency Norms Table to compare the student's progress to national norms.


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