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District Reading Specialist News

    January is our Universal Screening month. Universal Screening assessments are done three times per year with every student.   Each student will be tested individually on reading skills.
    It is important to accurately measure your child’s reading skills.  This is our time to monitor checkpoints regarding your child’s ongoing progress. Teachers use this data to regroup and determine the most appropriate strategies to help your child grow in reading.  Groups are then formed to focus direct instruction on reading needs.
    The Formative Assessment System for Teachers (FAST) is what the state recommends each district to use with our students.  We now use this assessment for grades kindergarten through eleventh grade to measure the following skills:
•    Kindergarten:  First Sound Fluency, Word Segmenting, Nonsense Words, and Sight Words
•    First Grade:  Word Segmenting, Nonsense Words, Sight Words, and Oral Reading Fluency
•    Second through Sixth Grade: Oral Reading Passages for Fluency
•    Seventh grade through Eleventh grade:  Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary  

    We are also taking the new Iowa Assessment test in April.  This assessment is now called Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP). This assessment is aligned with the Iowa Core standards and will help provide teachers information about student proficiencies in the areas of reading, math, and science.  Teachers will use this data to help us align our curriculum and help our students be success in the classroom.

Some ways to help your child with reading at home:
•    Have your child read for 20-30 minutes each night.
•    Ask your child about what they are reading.
•    Be a reading role model for your child.

    Together we can create lifelong readers!