Saturday, August 31, 2019

Reading Intervention for Older Students Who Struggle with Fluency

Last year I shared about my Reading Intervention Curriculum. I have seen AMAZING growth in my students. I started using it with 2 5th graders but they moved and didn't finish the year with me. After they moved, I began using it with 4 students for the rest of the school year. I had to collect data to prove it was successful with my kids so that I could use it with more students this year. Well, my students surpassed my wildest expectations!

All four students were in the 4th grade last year and I was tracking their reading fluency on 2nd grade level.
Beginning of 4th grade Words Correct Per Minute
Student 1: 15 words
Student 2: 20
Student 3: 24
Student 4: 23

At the end of the year, they increased to the following (still on 2nd grade level):
Student 1: 55 (266% increase)
Student 2: 44 (120% increase)
Student 3: 37 (54% increase)
Student 4: 86 (274% increase)

I was thrilled with these results. We started back to school and I did my beginning of the year assessments. As I test each student, I ask how much they read over the summer and if they participated in any type of tutoring services.  Student 4 was the only one to read over the summer and said he was tutored by a family member. The others said they didn't read anything or do any type of school work.

I am required to give each student a reading fluency probe on their grade level and each grade below until I find the grade level they are reading between the 10th and 25th percentile.  My students tested at the following grades/words per minute:

Beginning of 5th grade:
Student 1: 4th grade level 66 words per minute
Student 2: 4th grade level 68 words per minute
Student 3: 2nd grade 42 words per minute
Student 4: 5th grade level 107 words per minute

With this much progress, I can no longer justify pulling 3/4 of these kids out of the general education reading curriculum. They are back with their peers with minimal support services!

I am not a brain expert but I think it's because of how the words are chunked and the syllables are marked. It helps the students understand how multi-syllable words can be attacked. They are able to see the smaller parts and sound them out which allows them to begin to internalize how to attack larger, more challenging words. I am most fascinated that all of the students showed even more growth after the summer even though they didn't read.

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