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. These evaluations identify the decoding (putting written sounds together) and encoding (breaking apart sounds in words) strengths and areas of growth for each student and to 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, receptive language difficulties, and reading comprehension difficulties when decoding skills are intact.