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Read Naturally Encore: Placing students with the placement packet

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To determine a student's initial level and goal using the Placement Packet, follow the steps below:

  1. Estimate the reading level of the student based on test scores and classroom performance.
  2. Find the placement story in the Placement Packet that matches your estimate.
  3. Time the student for one minute while he or she reads the story. Count the student's errors.
  4. Calculate the number of words the student read correctly by subtracting the number of errors from the number of words read. Record the score on the Initial Placement Worksheet.
  5. Determine whether the level at which the student read is appropriate for the student. The level is a match if the number of words the student read correctly falls within the range listed in the placement table.
     

    PLACEMENT TABLE

    Placement Testing Level Scores in This Range Indicate a Potential Fit
    1.0–3.0 30–60 WCPM
    3.5–5.0 60–80 WCPM
    5.6 to 7.0 80–100 WCPM
    8.0 100–140 WCPM
    WCPM = words correct per minute
  6. If the level is not a match, continue to test the student with additional stories in the Placement Packet until you find the level at which the student reads within the corresponding range in the table.
    If the student's score falls between the ranges (for example, a student scored 61 when tested on level 3.0 but scored 55 when tested on level 3.5, so neither level is an exact match), or if the student reads stories from two or more levels within the appropriate range, then you must decide on a level based on the student's student's grade level, comprehension skills, oral vocabulary level, motivation, and frustration level.
  7. Select a series and level that matches the student's placement testing level and educational need. Circle your selection on the Initial Placement Worksheet.
  8. Set an initial goal using the following guidelines, and record it on the worksheet:
    • Grades 1-4: Add 30 to the placement score for the level selected, and round to the nearest 5.
    • Grades 5+: Add 40 to the placement score for the level selected, and round to the nearest 5.
    • Levels 5.6+: If using two-minute timings, double the goal.
    • How to place beginning readers

Record the reading level and the date the student starts the new level on the inside pocket of the student's folder along with the goal rates. As the student continues to work with the program, adjust the difficulty of the reading material to meet the changing needs of the student and record those changes on the inside pocket of the student's folder.

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