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Read Naturally SE v2.0: Placing students

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pointer See also: Placing Students in Read Naturally Strategy Programs

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Proper placement is critical to student success.  The student should be challenged, but not frustrated by the level of text difficulty.  The student should be able to reach the goal—not easily, but with effort.  This ongoing “tension” (reading challenging material and working toward a goal that requires effort) will maximize the student’s achievement.

By following the process provided in Read Naturally SE v2.0 and then checking initial placement after the student completes three-to-six stories, you can provide each student with a reading level and a goal that are just beyond the student’s comfort level.  The student will not be frustrated, because the Read Naturally Strategy provides appropriate, flexible scaffolding as students complete the steps for each story.

The Read Naturally SE v2.0 placement program passages are representative of each Read Naturally level, and a student's performance on one or more passages is used to determine the appropriate level for the student.  Using any data other than a student’s fluency performance on Read Naturally placement passages may result in multiple trial and error attempts to discern the correct level and goal.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

There are two parts to appropriate placement.

1.  Administer the Read Naturally SE v2.0 Placement Program

The Read Naturally SE v2.0 Placement Program guides you through several steps.

For more information about placing students:
pointer Read Naturally SE v2.1 Quick-Start Guide
pointer Read Naturally SE v2.1 Teacher's Guide

2.  Check Initial Placement

          After students have completed three to six stories generate a Needs At-a-Glance report to analyze the students' results. (See the section on Checking Initial Placement in SE.)

HOW TO PLACE STUDENTS USING THE READ NATURALLY SE v2.0 PLACEMENT PROGRAM

Read Naturally SE v2.0 includes a placement program that automates the process of placing students at an appropriate level and goal. You should use the placement program to test the student using stories from multiple levels. After testing the student, the program provides a reading level and goal recommendation based on the results.

The placement program's recommendations are only guidelines. You should select the goals and levels best suited for your students.

To determine a student's initial level and goal using the SE v2.0 placement program, follow these steps:

  1. Log in with your teacher password.
  2. Choose the Students tab.
  3. Select the student you want to place, and then click Place.
  4. Estimate the instructional level the student is currently reading at. You can base this estimate on test results, your own knowledge and experience, or a formal assessment tool, such as Read Naturally's Benchmark Assessor Live. Select a story that is at or close to the estimated instructional level of the student.
  5. Click Next. The story you selected opens.
  6. If desired, click the Reading Guide icon to turn on the reading guide to help the student follow along.
  7. When the student is ready to start reading, have him or her click Start.
  8. As the student reads, listen and silently count the number of errors he or she makes.
    pointer Guidelines for counting errors
  9. When the bell sounds, click on the last word the student read.
  10. Enter the number of words the student missed, and then click Next. The placement program analyzes the results and either recommends a level and goal or recommends that you test the student at a higher or lower level.
  11. Depending upon the situation, take one of the following actions:
Situation Action
If the placement program recommends a level and goal... Click OK if you want to accept the recommendation.
If the placement program recommends testing the student at another level...

Click New Story to test the student with another story, and then repeat the process.

Continue to test the student at additional levels until the placement program recommends a level and a goal.

If you are transferring a student from another Read Naturally fluency program...
  1. Click Change.
  2. Enter the level and goal in the student options.
  3. Click Save.

 

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