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SE v1.6: 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 v1.6 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 v1.6 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 v1.6 Placement Program

The Read Naturally SE v1.6 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 v1.6 PLACEMENT PROGRAM

Read Naturally SE v1.6 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.

Placing Students in the Sequenced Series

To determine a student's initial level and goal using the SE v1.6 placement program, follow these steps:

  1. After opening the Teacher Management System, click the Students button.
  2. Click the name of the student to place.
  3. Click the Place Student button.
  4. Enter the student's estimated reading level, and then click the Continue button.
  5. Select the story from the level in which you want to test the student, click the Next button, and then click Yes to verify your selection. A sample story from the selected level displays.
  6. Click the Start button when the student begins reading the story.
  7. Listen to the student read for one minute, and count any errors to yourself.
    pointer Guidelines for counting errors
  8. When the timer sounds, click on the last word the student read. If the student finished reading before the timer sounds, click the Stop button.
  9. Enter the number of errors, click OK, and then click the Next button.

    Result: The placement program analyzes the results and either recommends a level and goal or recommends that you test the student in a higher or lower level.

Situation Action
If the placement program recommends a level and goal... Click OK if you want to accept the recommendation. Then verify that the student's story options defaults to the correct level and goal, and click Save.
If the placement program does not make a recommendation...

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.
If the placement program recommends placing the student in level 3.0 or below... You can click the phonics button on the Recommendation screen to test the student in a phonics level. See the following procedure for more information.
Placing Students in the Phonics Series

If a student needs work on phonics and the placement program recommends a Read Naturally level of 3.0 or below, you may want to place the student in a phonics level.  The phonics levels provide beginning readers with an opportunity to read words with specific patterns in context and to practice word lists that focus on particular sounds.

After the placement program recommends level 3.0 or below, you can test the student on a story from a phonics level as follows:

  1. Click the Phonics button on the Recommendation screen in the placement program.
  2. Select the story from the phonics level in which you want to test the student, click the Next button, and then click yes to verify your selection. A sample story from the selected phonics level displays.
  3. Click the Start button when the student begins reading the story.
  4. Listen to the student read for one minute and count any errors to yourself.
    pointer Guidelines for counting errors
  5. When the timer sounds, click on the last word the student read. If the student finishes reading before the timer sounds, click the Stop button.
  6. Enter the number of errors, click OK, and then click Next.

    Result:  The placement program reports the number of words the student read correctly in the one minute timing.  The phonics level you tested is right for the student if the words read correctly fall between 30–60 words per minute and the level addresses the student's phonics needs.

Situation Action
To accept the recommended phonics level and goal...
  1. Click Change.
  2. Enter the phonics level and goal with the student's student options.
  3. Click Save.
To test the student with another story...

Click New Story or Phonics

To accept the sequenced level and goal recommended before you tested the student in a phonics level...

Click OK.

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