Prior To Testing...
Please review this list of skills as well as the PDF attachments below prior to your student's testing day.
DIBELS Reading Assessment
Nonsense Words: Students will be shown a page on CVC and VC nonsense words. Students are expected to correctly read at least 54 sounds correctly in one minute with at least 13 words read as whole words.
Oral Reading Fluency: Students will read a given passage in Class Connect and be asked to read out loud for 1 minute. Goals for each benchmark are included in the practice documents below. The end of the year goal for 2nd graders will be to read at least 87 words per minute with 97% accuracy.
o The best practice for this assessment is to make sure your student is reading OUT LOUD each and every day. Practice reading from RAZ Kids, library books, online, etc.
o Good sources for reading books online (good practice for DIBELS Next since it is read from a computer screen): www.raz-kids.com AND www.studyisland.com
o Pull up the attached practice passages on the computer screen for your student. Print out a copy for yourself but have your student read the stories back to you from the computer screen. Mark the words that they miss. If they get stuck on a word for 3 seconds, give them the word and have them go on. See how many words they can read correctly in 1 one minute (if they skip or mispronounce a word it is not counted). This is helpful so they get used to reading from the screen and without pictures, just like the DIBELS Next assessment.
o Students are also asked to retell each story as they read it. Ask your student to try to remember who was in the story, what happened in the story, where the story took place, etc. After practicing these questions when reading, try asking your student to just tell you about the story without prompting. The end of the year goal for 2nd graders will be to retell at least 27 words about the passage.
Testing Readiness: If your student gets nervous when speaking on the phone it may be helpful to do some of these practice activities on the phone (with your student in one room and you in the next) to help your child become more confident and comfortable with the way the assessments will be given.
During the beginning, middle and end of year assessments, your student will solve addition and subtraction problems orally and on the whiteboard. During the beginning of year assessment, students will also be tested on place value. During the middle of year assessment, we will assess problem solving skills. For the end of year assessment, we will focus on student's understanding of numbers and operations in base ten. Please spend time reviewing the practice documents and having your student practice completing the sample problems orally and on paper. Xtramath.org is a great resource to practice addition and subtraction fact fluency.
Day of Testing
- Please log into the Class Connect session that your teacher has set up. Please start logging in a few minutes before your given time.