I designed this letter/sound identification (i.d.) assessment so that I can see a student’s progress at a glance for the year. This lowercase letter/sound assessment can be used eight times if you run it front and back. Here is an example of how I mark the assessment when I give it.
This particular example shows 6 assessments that I gave to the same student over the course of the year. In between assessments, I work on filling in the gaps by constant review. As you can tell the student improved considerably between Assessment 1 and Assessment 2. Then from there on out the student made the progress toward 100% accuracy on both letter i.d. and letter sounds. Once 100% accuracy is achieved, this is an indicator to me that I can move on to letter blending skills.
When I get a new student, the first thing I do is check to see if he/she knows their letters and sounds no matter their age or grade. I expect that younger students won’t know all their letters and sounds, but there have been many times that even older students don’t know certain letters and sounds. So this quick 3 minute check can expose the basic fundamental gaps in a student’s reading skills.
I assess a student’s progress about every four and half weeks and continue to assess until he/she has gained all 26 lower case letters and sounds, or 52 if you are assessing both lower and uppercase. In between the four and half weeks, a student works on their weaknesses. That way by the next assessment, a student’s letter/sound knowledge is stronger.
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