Assessments

Looking for early childhood assessment tools? Here, you’ll find tips and tricks for literacy assessment. Learn how best to check for mastery, tips for quick comprehension checks, and much more! These resources and quick comprehension assessments are suitable for preschool, kindergarten, and higher.

Top Books for Dyslexia Advocacy and Assessment
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Top Books for Dyslexia Advocacy and Assessment

Parenting a child with dyslexia means wearing many hats. You may become an expert in dyslexia, interventions, special education laws and procedures, accommodations, and assessments. A good bibliography to refer to is priceless. These books are some of the best, most current, and most accessible books for dyslexia advocacy and assessment. Learn more about advocacy!…

When Older Students Need Support with Alphabetic Knowledge
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When Older Students Need Support with Alphabetic Knowledge

When I used to work for public schools, I noticed that assessments like letter identification or letter/sound correspondences were frequently only assessed during Kindergarten and the first half of 1st grade, regardless of whether students ever reached mastery. In most cases, the alphabetical knowledge and sequence were never assessed. When I was completing my Orton-Gillingham…

The Importance of Giving Corrective Feedback
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The Importance of Giving Corrective Feedback

When seeking tips for giving corrective feedback, think of the process as a form of on-the-spot, contingent teaching. You, the teacher asks questions, and assess where your child has erred. Then you apply just the right quantity of explicit instruction. This ability to respond to your student needs on the fly is one of the…

Taking a Closer Look at Spelling Errors: How a Spelling Assessment Can Inform Your Instruction
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Taking a Closer Look at Spelling Errors: How a Spelling Assessment Can Inform Your Instruction

You will find most teachers of children with dyslexia are not fans of the weekly spelling test. Words arranged by theme or covering multiple spelling patterns is a recipe for failure for many of our students. Other students may manage to learn the words for the Friday spelling test, but not be able to spell…

Checking for Mastery In Orton-Gillingham Lessons
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Checking for Mastery In Orton-Gillingham Lessons

Teaching to mastery is one of the most important considerations when teaching your students with dyslexia. Striving readers and writers very often find the class and instruction moving forward before they have had a chance to master new concepts. This results in learning gaps. When I encountered this in pupils at school, I would describe…

How to Write Effective Orton-Gillingham Progress Reports
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How to Write Effective Orton-Gillingham Progress Reports

Tips for Sharing Orton-Gillingham Progress Reports with Parents Whether you are working in private practice as an Orton-Gillingham tutor or working with students in a classroom or school setting, sharing information about a student’s progress is an important part of our work. Orton-Gillingham progress reports are one way to do that. When it comes to…

Starting Orton-Gillingham: How To Find A Starting Point With This Approach
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Starting Orton-Gillingham: How To Find A Starting Point With This Approach

Hi Everyone! I’m going to walk you through a tricky part of planning your Orton-Gillingham lessons today: finding a starting point. As a teacher or tutor using the Orton-Gillingham lesson plans, you want to make the best choice for your student, but that means gathering some pieces of the puzzle that show who they are as a…