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Understanding Progress Reports

It is the policy of The Reading & Math Center, Inc. to continuously test your students during their entire enrollment. It is also our policy to furnish copies of the results of these tests to the RMC Parents. Often though, these reports can seem somewhat confusing. It seems that parents sometimes confuse progress in Sight Vocabulary with progress in Comprehension. To aid in the interpretation of these reports we have provided the following definitions.

Sight Vocabulary
Sight Vocabulary is the ability to pronounce words. It is not the same as comprehension. Tests such as the Slosson Oral Reading Test, The Wide Range Achievement Test, The RMC Sight Vocabulary Test, the Woodcock Identification Test, and the Word Wise Sight Vocabulary Test are all utilized to measure the student’s ability to pronounce words ONLY. Students do not have to know the meanings of these words. The Sight Vocabulary level of most students is usually higher than comprehension. Therefore, we recommend that student’s sight vocabulary level be two-and-one-half to four years above current grade level (depending on potential) so that comprehension will at least be equal to current grade level.

Comprehension
The Reading & Math Center reports two kinds of comprehension, silent reading and oral reading comprehension. Silent reading comprehension tests measure student’s ability to read a passage silently and understand it. Oral reading tests measure a student’s ability to read aloud fluently and to understand a passage upon its completion. The three levels of ability are Independent, Instructional, and Frustrational levels.

The Independent level is the level at which a student can read by him or herself. He does not need to ask what words mean nor does he stumble over words while reading.

A Student’s Instructional level is the level at which he does need assistance but can still enjoy the reading. Parents who want to help a child increase reading skills at home should seek books aimed at the child’s instructional level.

The Frustration level is the level at which a student has many difficulties in pronouncing words, often repeats words or phrases, loses his place often, and does not understand the meanings of words. It is at this level that a student puts a book down and walks away without having any idea what he or she has read. Both silent and oral reading tests measure the ability to find main ideas, draw conclusions, use context to define words, draw inferences, locate answers, follow directions, obtain information about the writer’s tone and attitude toward a subject.

Please call The Reading & Math Center location you attend for more information
concerning your student’s report. We will be happy to explain the progress and goals of our students.

After all, progress is what its all about.


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