I just had my boys take an Online Reading Assessment to compare to the same one they took at the beginning of the year. I am so excited that Dragon Rider has improved SO MUCH! I was most concerned about his Reading Comprehension score which was low at the beginning of the year. The way the Let’s Go Learn DORA assessment works for comprehension is that they read the story and then have to answer questions WITHOUT looking back at the story. Dragon Rider has short-term and working memory deficits as part of his LDs and this kind of test was hard for him. But this year we have done lots of narration with our read-alouds and I have seen him really improve. Now I have the “proof” – his assessment scores! He went from a 4.5 grade level to a 6.5 grade level during this year (his 6th grade year)! Not only is that 2 grade levels in 1 school year, that also means he has just about caught up to where he should be!
Some of his other scores (grade levels):
- Word Recognition: from 6.5 to 7.5!
- Vocabulary: from 5.83 to 7.17!
- High-Frequency Words: from 3.17 to 3.83 (3.83 is the maximum score for this, so he basically didn’t miss any of these words this time!)
So now his only real weak spot is Spelling (went from 2.17 to 2.5), but that’s probably because we haven’t really focused on that this year. Besides, for a child with his LDs, this will always be a struggle for him. Now we can focus more on spelling for 7th grade since he has improved so much on his reading this year. In all honesty, I don’t really worry about spelling like I used to, especially as compared to reading skills. Out of all of the 3R skills I worry most about, reading is THE most important! My goal for him for this year was to get his reading skills caught up so that he would no longer feel like reading was such a chore. He is doing so well these days, even choosing at times to read instead of playing computer/video games or watching TV! Woohoo!
Not to leave Alex Rider out of the picture at all, his word recognition and vocabulary scores truly SOARED this year! Here are some of his scores for this year:
- Word Recognition: from 8.83 to 12.83!
- Vocabulary: from 6.17 to 11.17!
His other scores pretty much stayed the same, with his reading comprehension at an 8.5 level, which I am definitely NOT complaining about! This makes me feel really great that we had a successful year and that using some of the Charlotte Mason techniques or “living books” instead of textbooks and regular oral narrations really works!