Response to Intervention

Read Naturally Assessments in an RTI Model

Read Naturally assessments provide reliable and valid data for determining which students are at risk for reading difficulty. In an RTI model, data-based documentation of progress is maintained on each student. Read Naturally has oral reading fluency assessments and a diagnostic phonics assessment that have been designed for this purpose.

In the following table, Read Naturally assessments are matched to appropriate tiers in an RTI model.

Tier Benchmark/Proficiency Progress Monitoring Diagnostic
Tier 1
Benchmark Assessor Live
Fall, Winter, Spring
  • Oral Reading Fluency:
    mid 1st–8th
  QPS
Fall, Winter, Spring
  • K, 1st, 2nd
Tier 2
Benchmark Assessor Live
Fall, Winter, Spring
  • Oral Reading Fluency:
    mid 1st–8th
RFPM
Regularly
  • Oral Reading Fluency:
    mid 1st–8th
QPS
Fall, Winter, Spring
  • K, 1st, 2nd
  • 3rd–adult as needed
Tier 3
Benchmark Assessor Live
Fall, Winter, Spring
  • Oral Reading Fluency:
    mid 1st–8th
RFPM
Frequently
  • Oral Reading Fluency:
    mid 1st–8th
QPS
Fall, Winter, Spring
  • K, 1st, 2nd
  • 3rd–adult as needed

Benchmark Assessor Live (BA Live)

Benchmark Assessor Live (BA Live) can be implemented as a screening tool for overall reading proficiency (fall) and can be used as a classroom-based assessment tool to monitor students' progress over time (winter and spring).

Benchmark Assessor Live is part of Read Live, Read Naturally's web-based assessment and intervention software program. BA Live provides systematic assessments of progress in reading for all students (fall, winter, spring), using oral reading passage fluency (first through eighth grades).

BA Live has a solid research base with strong evidence of validity and reliability. This tool meets the National Center for Student Progress Monitoring standards in the following categories: Benchmarks for Adequate End of Year Performance or Goal Setting, Reliability, and Validity. National targets by grade level provide benchmarks for student progress.

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The use of BA Live in an RTI model provides teachers with data on all students three times per year. Using this information, the teacher can do the following:

  • Screen students for reading problems.
  • Monitor student progress over time.
  • Make instructional decisions.
  • Make predictions about likely student success on standardized tests.
  • Document progress of individual students, entire classrooms, or schools.
  • Document the effectiveness of interventions over time.

Reading Fluency Progress Monitor (RFPM)

Reading Fluency Progress Monitor (RFPM) provides multiple assessments at each grade level for progress monitoring of students served in Tiers 2 and 3. In an RTI model, regular progress monitoring is used for students served in Tier 2 who are at some risk, and frequent progress monitoring is used for students served in Tier 3 who are at risk.

RFPM is an efficient, valid, and reliable way to measure (monitor) a student's growth in reading fluency skills and view indications of growth in overall reading achievement more frequently throughout the year. The passages in RFPM have been carefully created using readability formulas and rigorously field-tested to ensure they are equivalent in difficulty. RFPM meets the National Center for Student Progress Monitoring standards in the following categories: Frequent Progress Monitoring (alternate forms), Reliability, and Validity.

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In an RTI model, teachers perform regular progress monitoring of reading fluency for students served in Tier 2 and frequent progress monitoring of reading fluency for students served in Tier 3. This progress monitoring updates teachers with information necessary to do the following:

  • Assess student progress in reading frequently throughout the school year.
  • Make timely instructional decisions.
  • Determine if instruction and/or interventions are effective.
  • Document the progress of individual students.
  • Communicate student progress with others.

Quick Phonics Screener (QPS)

Quick Phonics Screener (QPS) is an informal, individually administered diagnostic phonics assessment that teachers can use to plan students' instructional or intervention programs in basic word-reading and decoding skills—and to monitor students' progress as their phonics skills develop. QPS is designed to help teachers quickly and accurately diagnose their students' strengths and instructional needs in phonics and decoding skills.

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QPS is an untimed, criterion-referenced assessment that measures a student's ability to recognize, decode, and pronounce specific phonetic elements. QPS is an excellent tool for monitoring the progress of all readers as they acquire phonics skills in the fall, winter, and spring of the year. QPS can be used as a diagnostic assessment with older readers whose progress monitoring shows they are not responding to intervention. QPS targets specific weaknesses and guides collaborative teams in planning and adjusting intervention for students served in Tier 2 and Tier 3.

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