The Word Warm-ups Student Assessments evaluate a student's ability to make letter sounds and/or decode words with common phonics and syllable patterns at an automatic level. Results of the assessment help you to:
There is a separate assessment packet for each Word Warm-ups level:
Each assessment packet includes the materials to administer the assessment for a given level:
Each assessment is organized so that the letter sounds, phonics patterns, and syllable patterns are presented in the same sequence as they are in the corresponding Word Warm-ups level. You should have a student work through as many sections of the assessment as possible.
If a student shows frustration, stop testing that section and continue on to the next section. Discontinue the assessment if the student exhibits frustration in two or more sections or if you think he or she cannot continue. Do not indicate to the student whether a response is correct or incorrect.
The assessment procedures vary according to the skills being assessed. Refer to the assessment packets for detailed instructions for a specific Word Warm-ups level. This is the general Word Warm-ups assessment procedure:
After completing the assessment, calculate the student's total score for each section:
After assessing students and recording their total scores for each section on the Assessment Scoring Worksheets, analyze the data to decide whether and how each student can benefit from the Word Warm-ups program.
To decide whether a student needs a given Word Warm-ups level, look at the total scores you recorded on the Assessment Scoring Worksheets. If a student has a total score of three or higher on any section of the assessment, he or she can benefit from that Word Warm-ups level.
Once you've determined which students can benefit from a Word Warm-ups level, continue to analyze the assessment data to decide which option the student should use:
|If a student has a total score of...||And the student...||Then the student should use this option:|
|Three or higher on a section of the assessment||Scores three or higher on all or most subsequent sections||Comprehensive Program|
|Three or higher on a section of the assessment||Scores three or higher on some additional sections scattered throughout the assessment||Customized Option|
For students who need instruction on most or all of the sounds, phonics patterns, and/or syllable patterns featured in the Word Warm-ups level. Most primary grade students, and occasionally older students who struggle with decoding, will benefit from the Comprehensive Program. Beginning with the first section on the assessment for which the student scored three or higher, the student completes all of the exercises in the level.
For students who may not require the Comprehensive Program but still need structured and sequential instruction in the sounds and phonics patterns they have not yet mastered. Students complete only those sections for which they scored three or higher on the assessment.
Refer to the Word Warm-ups Teacher's Manuals for details about building student packets for each of the curriculum options.
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