Ask Dr. Blank: Should Children Be Assessed Individually as They Learn to Read?

What are your thoughts on assessing students’ reading abilities individually?

It is essential that each child’s abilities be assessed individually. It saves children who are advanced from being bored by having to redo material they already know and it saves children who are having difficulty from struggling with material beyond their level. The good news is that using computers assessing students is now far easier than it used to be. For example, in typical reading instruction, there are hundreds of difficult and confusing “rules” to be mastered. Assessment of a child’s grasp of those rules is time consuming and unnecessary.  By contrast, using computers it is possible to organize the material according to levels of difficulty and the appropriate level of instruction is one where the child is basically proficient and encounters between 10-15% error. Once that level is identified, the assessment ends. With material that is well designed, this sort of assessment takes between 10 and 30 minutes. This is how our program, Reading Kingdom, is designed.

Your child’s reading level will be assessed with Reading Kingdom to contour the program to their reading level.  Sign up today for a free 30 day trial.