Use Data to Grow Literacy Skills

With the growth of technology and a focus on data-driven instruction, there is more access to data than ever. This growth in data affords a unique opportunity for teachers to understand student needs and meet them where they are but can also be overwhelming and hard to understand, especially with something as tricky and consequential as reading.

Using a tool like Readlee to collect the data not only saves hours of time, but also allows teachers to easily store and share key data, such as fluency (words correct per minute), total time read and the recording of the reading.  

Words Correct per Minute (WCPM)

Words Correct per Minute (WCPM) is a metric of speed as well as accuracy. By tracking student growth on WCPM as compared to the norms for students’ grade level and point in the year, teachers can easily track students who are exceeding expected growth, as well as those who need more specific instruction. With Readlee, teachers can collect WCPM on every text from every student in a fraction of the typical time, with the added bonus of having the recording saved and the data is automatically calculated. 

Total Time Read

15 minutes of reading a day can have a significant impact on a student's achievement both in school but also beyond as lifelong readers. Tracking the time students spend reading, setting goals around how long they want to read each day and making growth towards those goals visible. This will not only encourage students to independently read for joy it will also start to shift the narrative for students by empowering them with their own reading data.

Transcript and/or recording 

Aggregate data such as WCPM and total time spent reading are great data points to measure growth and identify students who are doing well and those who need extra attention, there is no substitute for listening to students read. By having a recording of the reading, teachers can listen and analyze student reading when they are alone and have time to fully listen. These recordings can be used to differentiate instruction and provide personalized enrichment and intervention. Reading samples are stored online and  provide a record to clearly demonstrate growth and reading skills to all stakeholders, including parents, administrators and interventionists.

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