Reading Literacy Decoding Spelling Assessment Evaluation – Before a child learns to read and write, he or she must first become phonologically aware. This means being able to grasp that words are made up of smaller units of sounds or phonemes. Phonological awareness enables us to break down words into smaller sounds and construct entire words using those sounds. By making associations between each letter and its corresponding sound, we acquire the ability to read. Children must understand that there is a correlation between letters and sounds in order to master sound-symbol association. Reading and writing require decoding and encoding skills. This means a child must master both the visual to auditory relationship between letters and sounds (decoding/reading) and the auditory to visual relationship (encoding/writing).
The Five Pillars of Reading emphasize the importance of phonemic awareness and phonics in developing foundational literacy skills in young learners. When a child understands that words are made up of and can be broken down into phonemes, then he or she has gained phonemic awareness. In other words, phonemic awareness is the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate the sounds we hear in words. On the other hand, phonics refers to the understanding that printed letters or graphemes represent sounds. When children have gained mastery of phonics, they can sound out new or unfamiliar words on their own.
READING LITERACY DECODING SPELLING ASSESSMENT EVALUATION
We offer a wide range of literacy assessments provided by our literacy specialists and staff. Based on your child’s needs, we will determine which assessment tools work best for your child. These evaluations are offered remotely and in-person. Through these assessments, we can identify the decoding (putting written sounds together) and encoding (breaking apart sounds in words) strengths and areas of growth for each student and measure phonemic awareness, fluency, accuracy, and comprehension.
With early readers, literacy teachers focus on letter and sound identification in isolation and within words. Students will identify initial, medial, and final sounds in various single and multi-syllabic words. They are also asked to read so teachers can check for fluency, expression, prosody, and word accuracy. Our specialists also take a closer look at spelling by giving students a list of words that fall under these categories, decodable words (words that follow the spelling rules), nonsense words (words that follow the spelling rules but are made up), and sight words (words that do not follow the spelling rules). Our reading specialists then create a plan for how to help each student improve his or her spelling.
Students are assessed using several researched-based programs, such as the Dibels or EasyCBM. We also use the WADE to identify goals. The Words Their Way Assessment gauges encoding ability by building in complexity as the assessment progresses, helping to identify the sounds and spelling patterns that are presenting as a difficulty for the student being assessed.
We also use the i-Ready assessment to supplement and to fill in for learning gaps you might need to be addressed to supplement your child’s academics. When you sign up for lessons through Brooklyn Letters, you will have access to the i-Ready Personalized Instruction, offering your child engaging online lessons, intuitive instructional reports, and a motivating student dashboard that encourages student involvement, ownership of learning, and a growth mindset.
Here’s an example of an i-Ready assessment you will receive for your child.
Additional literacy assessments can be conducted by our language pathologists/therapists if the child is experiencing expressive and receptive language difficulties and reading comprehension difficulties when decoding skills are intact.